I’ve been messing around with a pair of 12-inch sticks. Yes, it’s more convenient, and I can play in an even more constricted space at my computer if I want. The response with shorter sticks isn’t as good, at least without tweaking the sensors’ sensitivity settings, which I’m not able to try yet. I mean that the bounce of the smaller sticks won’t allow as wide a dynamic range at the low end (MIDI velocities less than 30), and it’s more difficult to control MIDI velocity in a detailed way in general, though a lot of players may not want or need that kind of detail.
Part of the issue is that, in my experience so far, the sensors provide a more detailed response the farther away they are from the fulcrum point. There’s not much room to play with, but with long sticks, I can position the sensors a bit farther down so that there’s about an inch between my thumb and the sensor, which must be providing finer gradations of torque, I suppose. With the way the 12-inch sticks balance, I can get barely any extra space at all. In any case, the slightly reduced weight of the tapered stick will allow the sensor to be placed slightly farther down, making a slightly wider range of torque possible.
I should also say that I can only control MIDI velocities below 20 by hitting my leg with the stick and not air drumming. I’m hoping access to sensor parameters will be able to affect that. I use BFD to map side sticks and other sounds to the low velocities of toms and snares for drumming with more voices.