No matter the instrument – drums, gongs, glockenspiels, or xylophones, the right mallets are key to fluid movement, bold strikes, and playing with conviction. Cloyd Duff timpani mallets produce just that – high-quality percussion mallets that are a natural extension of the arm and instruments. Cloyd Duff was a celebrated timpanist of the Cleveland Orchestra from 1942 until 1981. Known as one of the finest timpanists of the 20th century, Duff became a master of instrument details like stick making, head clearing, mounting, and maintenance. He was not only a dedicated musician, but also a master teacher, imparting a love of music to his students. Glenn F. Smith heads Clyod Duff mallets today, and creates authentic reproductions of the original models Duff used during his extensive career. A mallet shaft features hand-selected hickory or bamboo, with customized felt to eliminate bunching and contact noise. Artisans hand-make all mallets for exceptional balance and weight.