Introducing the Percussion Plus PP458 lead steel pan sticksMade in Akron Ohio USA, rubber capital of the world, Percussion Plus steel pan mallets are crafted from the largest variety of best quality polymers. Precision cut rubber mallet tips have the perfect combination of thickness and density to produce the best range of Caribbean sounds from your steel drum and can also help prolong the time between tunings. The selected hardwood shafts offer excellent balance and strength with a striking appearance.Twenty five years of research and development have gone into the best feeling and responding pan beaters in the land. Why compromise when you can have the best for your steel pan? Helping you make the most authentic and distinctive Caribbean sounds.Shaft material - OakHead material - RubberHead hardness - MediumSupplied as a pair.Did you know?Steel pans are relatively young instruments that have become phenomenally popular in recent years, particularly with school music departments and events organisers. They originated in Trinidad and Tobago in the 1930s and are traditionally recycled from 55 gallon chemical containers.Both steel pans and steel drums refer to the same thing. Steel pan players will often use rolls, which are rapid fire playing of the same note many times to create a more continuous sound. This allows for stimulated playing of longer notes that maintain their strength rather than decaying such as a single hit would produce.