Many things come in pairs. Like socks – which incidentally should always be worn with its partner, because the only statement wearing mismatching socks is one of laziness or apathy – or as I learned tonight, timpani mallets. As a musician, I always knew that having two sticks was better than just the one, and I know some drumophile will probably have some comment on the evolution of mallets and how it’s historically accurate to play with without a set, but tonight at my community orchestra rehearsal the timpanist arrived with… just the one. I would be more understanding if they’d forgotten all of them, but to have the foresight to bring a stick is beyond me. It made for an interesting evening, especially during the rolls in Mozart. And yes, they attend a local university music school.

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