The M260 is the Soft Mallet in the Vic Firth Ian Grom Series. It's not only a roller it has agility that will work well on Bach Cello Suites and tangos. It's soft with articulation and a great feel. High quality Birch handles will be comfortable and straight. The Vic Firth Ian Grom Series is designed to embrace the musical experience Ian has acquired over the years. The key to the sound of the series is a core unique to only the Grom series. The same core is used in both the vibraphone and marimba series to give a signature dark quality for the series. All the mallets in this series can be used on competitive material. These mallets are also designed to be used a lot. Built to last entire season the Grom Series will deliver a consistent tone throughout the life of the mallet.