From marimbas, vibraphones and xylophones to gongs and glockenspiels, there's a seemingly endless range of instruments on today's market that can be played with mallets. Of course, this means that there's also an extensive variety of mallet types, and the right ones for you will depend on many factors, including the instrument you play and how you play it. In this section you'll find mallets for every taste and style. In fact, companies like Mike Balter, SCHLAGWERK, Black Swamp Percussion and many others are respected around the world for their exceptionally-crafted mallets, and they can all be found in these pages.
In addition to the factors mentioned in the first paragraph, understanding how certain materials can affect your tone is also important. For example, mallets with birch handles are preferred for their lightness and rigidity while rattan wood is favored for its rebound and flexibility. You'll also find options made from maple (known for its strength and increased proficiency) and fiberglass (a well-balanced warp-resistant alternative to wood). Another thing to consider is the mallets tip. Rubber, brass, wood and plastic tips are ideal for xylophones; "wrapped" mallets made of material like yarn work best for marimbas and vibraphones; and felt mallets are usually used for playing un-tuned percussion.
To find the right mallets for you, it's best to try various types to see what you feel most comfortable with. Is the marimba your instrument? Try a top seller like the Mike Balter Universal Series Birch Handle Marimba Mallets. Mike is a first-call percussionist and drummer in the industry - so you can bet that he's well aware of what makes an exceptional set of mallets. Mike Balter offers an impressive selection of mallets here for many instruments, so be sure to explore them all.
And believe us when we say that your options don't end there. SCHLAGWERK offers both rubber head and felt head mallets, Wuhan specializes in gong mallets, and Black Swamp Percussion designs both medium and large tam tam mallets. Simply put, you'd be hard pressed to find a better catalog on the web when it comes to mallets, so feel free to start browsing whenever you're ready.
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