So I was checking out some Joe Locke videos online and realized that I don't know what makes his tone sound so different than vibes that I am used to hearing. I originally thought that it was because he uses pickups, but it's not the case, because he obviously isn't in this video. The instrument is a Musser, but maybe the bars are Vanderplas? I don't think it could be due to mallets alone. Do you guys even know the tone that I am talking about? I don't know how to describe those sorts of things with words. I am actually not a huge fan of it, although I obviously think his playing is amazing.