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  1. ...has Stanton's hands??

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    Nov 2002

    Default Most durable timpani mallets for drumset playing?

    Title pretty much says it all... my band has a piece that involves me playing with mallets for around ten minutes, it's an intense drone free noise thing - my newest set of VF T1 Generals only lasted 2-3 rehearsals before I started to see the felt wrapping around the wooden core. This is also the song that killed my many many many year old drumset T1s.

    Does anyone know of any especially durable timpani mallets? These will never touch an actual set of timpani! Swizzle sticks won't work, I really need a smooth transient-free cymbal roll from them, and a bit of full kit free-jazz freakout playing - for an idea of the normal wear.
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  2. PDF Renaissance man!

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    Dec 2015


    I have a set of Los Cabos Legato timp mallets which sound like they'd fit your requirements, nice and durable, I've had them on the road for a couple of years for cymbal rolls and there's hardly a scratch on them.
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  3. Chomp, Chomp

    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    south florida


    Have you tried tenor drum mallets?
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  4. Registered User

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    Jan 2006


    In my experience a more staccato style mallet works better in drum set applications. The softer, legato mallets require you to hit harder on smaller sized drums to bring out any articulation. Most tympani mallets have a soft material around a hard core. If the material is too soft, you have to hit harder and that compresses the soft material and the sound of the hard core comes out. With staccato mallets, you can use a softer touch to bring out enough tone to be heard without compressing the outer wrapping.
    Honestly, I have found medium yarn wrapped marimba mallets sound the best, both on the drums and especially on cymbal swells, and that is what I used for many years. But the thin stick diameter can feel out of place on a drum set when you are switching between regular sticks and mallets, either from song to song and more so when switching in the middle of a song.
    After going to a store and testing various mallets, I landed on swizzle sticks, which have the same mallet head as staccato tympani mallets. Granted I now have more songs where I need to switch mid-song so a dual purpose stick made sense for me. Back when I was playing with a folk singer, about 1/3 of our set was just mallets on the drums.
    I haven’t tried tenor drum mallets, but they are definitely on the staccato end of mallets.

  5. Registered User

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    Dec 2005


    Honestly, vibraphone mallets work much better around a drum set and cymbals than timpani mallets do. They produce a much better tone with less effort. Just don’t try play rimshots with them.


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