Fred Hinger (1920-2001) was recognized throughout the world as one of the great percussion authorities and instrument designers. He was one of the most innovative players, teachers and product designers in the history of percussion. His students can be found in major orchestras, chamber groups and teaching positions around the world. He had the distinction of holding two of the world’s premier orchestral timpani positions: The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra of New York. He headed the percussion departments at both Yale University and Manhattan School of Music.
These mallets incorporate some of Fred Hinger’s patented design features, which set them apart from any other mallets on the market today. The highest quality German felt is hand-sewn in the tradition of the original Hinger Timpani mallets. With eight models, two styles of handles and the ability to adjust the feel and touch of the mallet, the Hinger Touch-Tone™ mallets give an unlimited palette of sounds to the performer.
The patented weight system on the Pro-Custom 1 aluminum handles allows the performer to instantly adjust the feel, balance, and sound characteristics of the mallet. Sliding the weights forward produces the fundamental tone response of a much heavier stick. The 5/8-inch, thin-wall aluminum shaft has the lightness of a bamboo handle, the stiffness of a hardwood handle and the consistency pair-to-pair that only a man-made product can achieve.
For those who prefer a very lightweight wooden handle, the Pro-Custom™ 3 line offers the same superb craftsmanship on a 5/8-inch diameter maple wood stick. Weights and/or grips can be added separately, if the player so desires.