Mallets / Series

New Orchestral Series ™

In the 1980s professional percussionists from the two major New York City orchestras listened to almost 40 different head types. Four 1-1/8 models, OR39 (brown), OR42 (tan), OR45 (white) and OR48 (black) were selected as having the most frequent application to the major orchestral keyboard parts of the late 19th and 20th centuries. They are still found in the mallet bags of many professional percussionists.

Today there is a demand for models targeted for very specific excerpts, as well as a movement toward lighter, smaller heads for certain applications. There is no greater expert on orchestral keyboard repertoire than William James, principal percussionist of the St. Louis Symphony. Will has expanded the original OR line into a vast selection of sounds and tone colors, with many different materials, weights, sizes and handle types. Of course our new orchestral rosewood mallets are made from the same genuine Honduran Rosewood as our marimba and xylophone bars (no imitations!).

New Orchestral Series ™

Model OR28R - 1” Opaque Ball w/ insert on 7.5 mm rattan

A light, yet warm, mallet for soft passages, with more articulation than rubber.  Suggested Rep: Firebird, Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance

Model OR30R - 1” Cloudy Black Ball on 7.5 mm rattan

Warm mallet that excels on low end of xylophone; full sound without too much articulation.  Normal rebound and clearer articulation than ragtime rubber mallets. Perfect for a performance or practice mallet to protect the instrument.
Suggested Rep: Shostakovich Polka (dark option), Dance Macabre

Model OR33R - 1” Blue Ball w/ insert on 7.5 mm rattan

A terrific all-purpose light mallet with enough articulation to be clear without extra weight. Suggested Rep: Pops Hoe Down, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Porgy and Bess, Schuman’s 3rd Symphony, Háry János, Petrouchka

Model OR35R - 1” Grey Ball w/ insert on 7.5 mm rattan

A fabulous mallet for the top tessitura of the xylophone. Plenty of articulation for loud passages but without excess weight.
Suggested Rep: Kammermusik, Pops Hoe Down, Schuman Symphony No. 3

Model OR37R - 1” Yellow Ball w/ insert on 7.5 mm rattan

A light, articulate mallet for pointed repertoire. All the hardness without all the heaviness. Suggested Rep: Kammermusik, American in Paris, Salome

Model OR39 - 1 1/8” Brown Ball on 8.8 mm rattan (Also available on birch)

Our “Gold Standard” for xylophone, probably the most popular orchestral xylophone mallet. Incredibley versatile and appropriate for virtually any loud repertoire.
Suggested Rep: Colas Breugnon Overture, Porgy and Bess, Salome

Model OR42 - 1 1/8” Tan Ball on 8.5 mm rattan (Also available on birch)

A classic mallet for the loudest xylophone repertoire. A full sound for both live orchestra or audition situations.
Suggested Rep: Appalachian Spring, Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos

Model OR45 - 1 1/8” White Ball on 8.5 mm rattan (Also available on birch)

A great all-purpose mallet that may be used on xylophone, glock & multi-percussion.
Suggested Rep: Shostakovich Symphonies and Concertos

Model OR48 - 1 1/8” Black Ball on 8.5 mm rattan (Also available on birch)

*The hardest xylophone mallet we make! Excellent for xylophone, glockenspiel and multi-percussion situations. (*Note: Improper use may cause damage to rosewood xylophones.)

Model OR-RW-S - 1 1/8” Rosewood Disk on 7.5 mm rattan – Blue

A genuine Honduran Rosewood mallet, perfect for delicate passages that require clarity without excess weight.
Suggested Rep: Exotic Birds, Háry János, Shostakovich Polka, Kammermusik, Music for Strings Percussion & Celeste, Schuman Symphony No. 3, American in Paris

Model OR-RW-M - 1 1/4” Rosewood Disk on 7.5 mm rattan – Green

A genuine Honduran Rosewood mallet, full-sounding with lots of articulation. A great option to add sparkle to full-volume excerpts.
Suggested Rep: Porgy and Bess, Exotic Birds, Shostakovich Polka, Colas Breugnon Overture

Model OR-RW-L - 1 3/8” Rosewood Disk on 8.5 mm rattan – Red

A genuine rosewood mallet with a huge full sound that stops short of harshness. Perfect for loud, full-volume excerpts
Suggested Rep: Appalachian Spring, Shostakovich Cello Concerto