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Comments about Innovative Percussion Steel Drum Mallets:
This review is only regarding the lead/tenor mallets, both walnut and aluminum.
These mallets (or sticks, traditionally) are extremely light in weight. This helps avoid hard hits when going from the upper register to the lower one.
The greatest thing about these mallets, both SW and SA, are that they have rubber tips on both ends. When you hold them right-handed (using the logos as reference), you use the hard side, where the rubber tips are thin. When holding them left-handed, the rubber is thicker and better suits the lower pitches on your pan.
The weight of the wood and aluminum are virtually identical! I was stunned by this. I have had them for about a month and play every day, and I cannot feel a different in weight. Only the texture is different. The wood is easier to grip, but for my tastes, the aluminum, smooth handles are more preferable to hold.
The only bad thing about them is the the rubber tips may not be seeded properly. It is an easy fix, just to slide them down the shaft to overlap the ends; be careful (use your index finger and thumb) when you adjust these, as they are fragile.
Also, it is nice that you can order 1,000 mallets and they will be nearly identical in size and weight.