I have a 1x15 mesa cab, the drummer is a former rock drummer using a Rogers kit from the 70's. He gets told to play softer as well. Clean bass, I keep the volume and gain around 3 o'clock to keep it quiet enough. The rhythm and lead guitarist play electric guitars on 50 watt tube amps and the singer plays acoustic through the P.A. and we generally play halls or outdoor gigs for 1-200 people. Couldn't tell you the size of the drummers sticks though. Sorry.