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Specialized beaters used on some other percussion instruments, such as the metal beater used with a triangle or the mallets used with tuned percussion (such as xylophone and timpani), are not normally referred to as drumsticks. Drumsticks generally have all of the following characteristics:
- They are normally supplied and used in pairs.
- They may be used to play at least some sort of drum (as well as other instruments).
- They are normally used only for unpitched percussion.