From the orchestral pit to the marching square, band enthusiasts are more than familiar with the name Mike Balter. Since 1977, Mike Balter has maintained a sterling reputation for providing drummers, percussionists and educators with the finest mallets on the market. In fact, Mike Balter offers the world's largest selection of mallets. Whether you play the marimba, xylophone or triangle, Mike Balter takes pride in giving you the tools you need to deliver jaw-dropping percussion performances. When it comes to choosing mallets, a few things need to be taken into consideration. One of the most important factors of a mallet is the design and material of its head. Typically, harder mallets are used by percussionists who want more projection while softer heads put more emphasis on the bar's fundamental tone. Another essential mallet characteristic is the shaft. Generally, most band percussionists would agree that birch is the most popular shaft wood type. Birch is prized for its rigidness, which makes for a more accurate hit. If the marimba is your instrument of choice, check out the Ensemble Series Birch Marimba Mallets. A top seller, these mallets are durable, lightweight and come in many head types. Another common wood type is rattan. More flexible than birch, rattan is often favored for two-mallet work because it aids a percussionist's playing motion. If this sounds like what you're after, turn your attention to the Pro Vibe Series Rattan Mallets. Available in a wide range of ball types, these mallets have exception balance and are made from only the finest cord material. In addition to the mallets mentioned above, Mike Balter also specializes in chime mallets, concert bass drum mallets, gong mallets and even high-quality cases and bags for - you guessed it - mallets! When you stick with Mike Balter, you're going with a company that enjoys helping you take your percussion repertoire to greater levels of excellence. Every mallet is custom-crafted with meticulous attention to detail and it's obvious when you experienced their feel and sound.