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Marimba mallets

 

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Heads

Experimental period of finding ideal hardnesses of marimba mallet heads results in the form of the original casting technology using silicon identical molds. This production process offers guarantee of exact centering, identical weight of heads with difference only around 0.1 g. Hardness is a newly defined by density of rubber core.

 

Marimba mallet head cores are produced in five hardnesses.

 

1_FSM SoftSoft

The softest type of mallets from the new series. Soft core is covered by special latex textile and then handly wrapped. These dual cores have a very soft tone, almost no attack ,and in the lower octave have up to ” aftertouch ” character when the lowest frequencies fully opens after moment of hitting the bar. In the upper octave sound loses the fullness of tone and small-sized bars can bounce after hit. The mallets are Specifying into bass and mid-range position of instruments .

2_FSM MedSoftMed-Soft

Second softest heads are applicable to the whole range of five-octave marimba, while the uppermost octave is still the way of a compromise between the soft tone and worse acoustic properties of small bars. Mallets are useful in the interpretation of old masters also as in contemporary compositions, especially with longer tremolo passages or effect background music in orchestral playing.

3_FSM MediumMedium

FS medium type heads are the most versatile choice for students and professional players who need to use the full range of the instrument. Medium hardness provides full and warm tone in middle and high positions of marimba, bass register then have more attack and still retain most of their lower frequencies as the softer types.

4_FSM MedHard

Med-Hard

These heads have a concrete tone with a bright attack and a full spectrum of middle frequencies. They are applicable to the entire range of instrument, most valid in the upper and middle octaves. Polyamide wrapping provides sufficient dynamic contrast and a rising force of hits resonate bars to percussive tone followed by a full reverberation.

5_FSM HardHard

Hardest type of marimba cores delivers crisp and clear accented character. This model was designed to playing weaker but bring out all the details and render of coloraturas make quite precious. The top two-thirds of the instrument while accenting receive immediate attack with a shorter resound. Audio spectrum is dominated by fast attack tone up almost like a woodblock sound, accompanied overtones rather typical for xylophone with tubes. The price for this is worse resonance bars in the lowest bass octave that produce less lower frequency than when playing with softer FS mallets.

7_FSM BassoftBassoft

Bigger and heavier heads formed adding some silicon layers on soft type cores. Mallets produces cultivated deep and smooth tone of lower marimba octaves. Manufacturing is technically more complex because of continuously drying latex layers but the final timbre of bass bars is true satisfaction. When loudness is rising soft cores still have smooth tone with rich and long reverbs.  In the upper two octavas mallets are no longer sympathizes with smaller bars and tone qality declines.

MarimbaUvodnifoto1Doublehard

Double tone mallets are likely used by solists or ensemble players because of possibility playing on whole scale of instrument. Effective dynamic contrasts, hot accents and smooth low frequencies offer better interpretation capabilities beyond one tone models. Most time consumed to develop ideal heads belong to searching the right point of starting sharp sound of hard core somewhere between f and ff of dynamic range and not loose this characteristic during time. This mallets give you full and cultivated sound, warm accents and rich timbre even in more gentle way of playing.

 

The vibraphone mallets

 

Vibrafon

Heads

The hardness of vibraphone mallets are derived from marimba head cores, the softest and hardest option was dropped out becouse of the nature of vibraphone bars, that are too much tougher and extreme hardness heads have failed. Heads are generally smaller than marimba ones and are slightly conical for sorting vibraphone stones in one plane and generally lower position of the instrument. Vibraphone heads are made in three basic hardnesses: Med-Soft, Medium, Med-Hard. The shades of polyamide wrapping are in choise in a colorsampler.

 

Shafts for marimba and vibraphone mallets

 

MarimbaUvodnifoto2Beech

Beech shafts are universal choice of long shelf life and durability also in alternative styles of playing such as K. Abe scores etc. Good too for other purposes of use like on gongs, woodblocks, cymbales or multipercussion.

Birch

Birch ones are lighter and more flexible so the focal point is closer to the head. Vibrations are soften but shafts are more delicate and liable to damage when alternative styles of playing are applied.

Diameter is 9 mm and are CNC machined by external company for us. After precious turning, sanding, weight pairing and lacquering with mate polyurethane finish are shafts ready to be headed and wrapped. Lenght of mallet is usually 41,5 cm and can be customized until max. length of 42,5 cm.

ratan2Rattan

Flexible rattan shafts are popular and request is still growing for handly selected and paired mallets with typical properities. 9 -9,5 mm in diametter and max lenght of 42 cm.

 

Choice of colors for marimba and vibraphone mallets wrapping