when doing this type of balastrading over here they have longer spindles to stair step it if you want. I couldnt find any over their, and the 34" length only allowed this method, As if i kept the bottom the same also then the spindles closest to the next steps nosing would be too short for the top at the handrail., but I personally prefer too see them all graduate as they do.I noticed you didn't stair-step each pair of balusters at the top below the rail but you put all the compensation at the bottom. That's what i preferr as well. i think it's an eyesore when you don't have a straight line on the top of the baluters where the cant meets the truned. It's the easy way out but doesn't look professional. Good job.