Glockenspiel: 32 note bell kit with Mike Balter Custom Mallets -- FREE SHIPPING
Here’s the Percussion Plus PK32 bell kit with a pair of our Mike Balter Custom Mallets, which you can’t get anywhere else but here. This 32 note glockenspiel (also known as a set of bells) is a great pathway into learning instrumental music. The instrument comes with a backpack style carrying case, mallets (including the additional Mike Balter Custom mallets, music rack, snare practice pad, drum sticks and a sturdy stand used for both the bells and the practice pad.
This is a great value for a quality instrument. Have a listen to our audio demo:
MALLETS MAKE THE DIFFERENCE — LISTEN TO THE BELOW AUDIO TO HEAR FOR YOURSELF The stock mallets that come with this instrument are two headed (hard and soft sides) and have gimpy plastic handles. The hard side requires an incredibly soft touch to avoid playing uncomfortably loud. That’s why we came up with the Mike Balter Custom bell mallets (shown below). Warm sounding with birch handles, these mallets were custom designed by Rob Zollman and Mike Balter, and are simply the best mallets we know of for this type of instrument.
We also have two other types of mallets available. After we designed the regular mallet, we realized we needed other mallets that project better from the stage. Hence the Mike Balter Custom Wood Tipped and Mike Balter Custom Performance Mallet. Both have a smaller ball than the stock mallet and therefore doesn’t overwhelm the instrument. Plenty of volume without being obnoxious. Now the instrument sounds great when you practice with the regular Mike Balter mallets, and also projects very nicely from the stage with the Wood and Performance Mallets.
Order mallets separately from our website or SAVE $6 per pair by ordering them when you buy a bell kit. The cost of these mallets is normally $24.99, but only $18.99 when you buy either our 25 note or 32 note glockenspiel. Just email or call us with your order and we’ll send you Paypal invoice for the total. We ship same day as, or next day after purchase.
Remember, Hands-On Music VT is the only place you’ll find these mallets.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison between different mallets:
People are always asking us about the brand of our glockenspiels. We’ve seen, heard and sold several brands of 25 and 32 note glocks, and we’ve concluded that nearly all of them are the same, regardless of brand. Perhaps they are all made in the same factory in Taiwan or China, but, aside of price, we believe there is very little difference between one and another. So, when you see a 32 note glockenspiel in “Percussion Plus”, “Rhythm Art”, “CB”, “Innovative” or “Musser”, they’re all similar. One may have a slightly heavier stand, or a sturdier music rack. Please contact us if you have information to the contrary, because we’d like to know it. Glockenspiel is another word for song bells or orchestra bells. We have it on good authority that glocken comes from the German “glocken”, which means bells, and spiel, which is the verb “to play” and also the noun “game”. So glockenspiel could mean either play the bells or bell-game. In any case, the glockenspiel is part of the metallophone family, which also includes chimes (tubular bells), vibraphones and metal tube bells. Often the glockenspiel is referred to as a xylophone, but it’s not. The word xylophone translates to xylos = wood and phone = sound. Types of xylophones include the concert, marching, pit xylophones, and also the marimba.
Call us at 802 345-1714 anytime you have questions.