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!). Malletech makes history again with three different levels of fiberglass handle flexibility on the Mini-Glock models:  Black, Red and White – expertly paired to the weight of the mallet head.

New Orchestral Series ™

Model ORMG30 - 7/8” Soapy Black Ball on #1 Black Fiberglass Shaft

An extremely warm and full-sounding mallet, perfect for Don Juan and other passages to be trilled or rolled. The perfect balance of soft articulation and presence.

Suggested Rep: Don Juan

Model ORMG34 - 1/2” Black Plastic Ball w/ insert on #1 Black Fiberglass Shaft

The perfect mallet for Magic Flute. Very articulate with a fullness of sound lacking in other Magic Flute mallets.

Suggested Rep: Magic Flute

Model ORMG36 - 7/8” Clear Ball on #2 Red Fiberglass Shaft

A beautiful mallet for single-note passages like Sleeping Beauty. Enough articulation for rhythmic clarity, but warm enough to sound pleasant.

Suggested Rep: Sleeping Beauty, La Mer

Model ORMG41 - 7/8” Grey Ball on #2 Red Fiberglass Shaft

A small, articulate mallet representing the perfect balance of articulation and warmth.

Suggested Rep: La Mer, Petrouchka waltz

Model ORMG44 - 7/8” White Ball on #2 Red Fiberglass Shaft

A small, yet extremely articulate mallet useful for intimate musical applications.

Suggested Rep: Glazunov Violin Concerto, La Mer, Feste Romane (waltz)

Model ORMG51 - 1” Orange Ball on #2 Red Fiberglass Shaft

A warm option with plenty of size and presence. A great audition mallet to prevent loud passages from sounding harsh.

Suggested Rep: La Mer, Don Juan, Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Model ORMG55 - 1” Black Plastic w/ insert on #3 White Fiberglass Shaft

A full-sounding mallet with lots of articulation, yet still on the light end of the spectrum. The perfect mallet for Sorcerer’s Apprentice.

Suggested Rep: Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Don Juan, Russian Easter Overture

Model ORMG58 - 3/4” Aluminum Ball on #3 White Fiberglass Shaft

A super articulate aluminum mallet perfect for small passages that need lots of articulation. The aluminum is softer than brass, and will not pit or dent your glockenspiel.

Suggested Rep: Petrouchka, Feste Romane

Model ORMG62 - 7/8” Aluminum Ball on #3 White Fiberglass Shaft

A bigger sound than the OR-G58 but without heaviness. For tutti passages that need to cut through the orchestra. The aluminum is softer than brass, and won’t pit or dent your glockenspiel.

Suggested Rep: Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Model OR70R - 7/8” Aluminum Ball on 7.5 mm rattan

For maximum projection and sound.  Extremely useful with a large ensemble. The aluminum is softer than brass, and will not pit or dent your glockenspiel.

Suggested Rep: Pines of Rome, Star Wars, Mother Goose, Russian Easter Overture

Model OR65R - 1” Black Plastic Ball w/ insert on 7.5 mm rattan

A perfect mallet for passages that need to be loud, but warm with less articulation &  harshness than brass or aluminum.

Suggested Rep: Pines of Rome, Russian Easter Overture, Don Juan, Mother Goose

Model ORBB

This mallet features a small brass bead for maximum brightness and crystalline tones. Mounted on a short rattan handle for control and response.