is the difference in aluminum tubing?
The above sample
shows the three aluminum shafts that we use to manufacture our Concert
and Marching mallets. The top blue component is used for our TP1,
TP2 and TP3 Concert Timpani mallets. The anodized shaft is made
from seamless drawn, aircraft-quality aluminum tubing. It is light-weight
aluminum that gives the performing timpanist a more sensitive touch.
By combining the feel and balance of the old German cane mallets
of the classical period with the technology of today, we have produced
a traditional timpani mallet that is responsive and will
always have a straight shaft.
The two bottom examples show the thickness of the Marching Bass
and the Timp-Tom shafts. The shaft is extruded aircraft aluminum,
which is tougher in tensile strength than formed or welded metals.
American Drum was the first to use heavy-gauge aluminum as marching
mallet shafts. Today, all major manufacturers have followed suit.
The wall thickness is .065, the thickest you can allow without the
weight of the mallet becoming an obstacle for the performer. These
are tough mallets made for tough drummers!