Mike Balter Custom Mallets for narrow bar glockenspiels (bells) -- FREE SHIPPING
This listing is for the Mike Balter Custom Mallets (red, soft balls) We recommend these mallets for practice, as they are gentle on the ears and bring out the best sound in narrow bar glockenspiels, also known as bells.
Awhile back there were literally no decent sounding mallets for these type of bells. Most instruments came with a pair of mallets that were either too hard and harsh sounding, or a pair of double headed mallets with rubbery plastic shafts that just didn’t sound good. Rob Zollman, of Whole Music Learning, collaborated with his friend, well known mallet maker Mike Balter, to help design and produce a line of custom mallets. These are not available anywhere else but here at the Brandon Trading Emporium.
Here is a summary of the three models of mallets we offer:
- Our original Mike Balter Custom Performance Mallets — soft red rubber balls on a birch wood shaft. We recommend these mallets for practice, as they are gentle on the ears and bring out the best sound in narrow bar glockenspiels, also known as bells.
- our Mike Balter Custom Performance Mallets — hard, white plastic balls on a birch wood shaft. These mallets are perfect for projecting your sound across a wide room. They’re loud because, in that situation, they need to be loud.
- our new Mike Balter Custom Wood Mallet. Same size ball in wood, with a birch shaft. These mallets have the perfect in between sound. They’re good for louder practicing and softer performances.
Have a listen to our Here’s a side-by-side comparison between our different mallets:* For your information:
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 25 or 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.