VIC FIRTH PRESENTS:
MARCHING PERCUSSION 101
   — MALLET SELECTION: Front Ensemble



STICK & MALLET SELECTION GUIDE:

The following is the selection of mallets demonstrated in the video which includes recommendations for medium (general) tone quality and articulation; bright tone quality and maximum articulation; dark/warm tone quality and legato articulation.

MEDIUM (GENERAL) TONE QUALITY AND ARTICULATION
Corpsmaster® M63 Xylophone Mallet
Medium 11/2” poly ball on a rattan shaft. Produces a warm sound on xylophone that blends nicely within a keyboard ensemble.
L = 14 1/4”
Vibes – Multi-Application Series M188
Hard yarn cord mallet provides maximum projection and clarity. Weighted rubber core; rattan shafts. From the Multi-Application Series, which features 100% synthetic yarn for maximum durability and flexible rattan shafts.
L = 16”
Marimba – Multi-Application Series M183
Hard yarn marimba mallet with full tone and excellent clarity in the upper half of the instrument. Synthetic core; birch shafts.
L = 17”
TIMPANI – Corpsmaster® CT1
Synthetic felt heads for durability and weather resistance.
BRIGHT TONE QUALITY WITH MAXIMUM ARTICULATION
Orchestral Series M134 Xylophone Mallet
Medium hard urethane. Dark and bold for xylophone and bells.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 3/8"
Vibes – Multi-Application Series M189
Very hard cord vibe mallet that provides the utmost in articulation. Weighted rubber core; rattan shafts. L = 16"
Marimba – Multi-Application Series M172
Hard yarn marimba mallet that provides excellent clarity in the middle to top register. Rubber core; birch shafts. L = 17"
TIMPANI – Corpsmaster® CT4
Ultra staccato, hard felt head for maximum articulation and projection.
DARK TONE QUALITY WITH RICH, LEGATO ARTICULATION
Xylophone – Orchestral Series M130 Xylophone Mallet
Soft plastic for warm sound. Also great on marimba.
Head = 1 1/4" | L = 14 3/8"
Vibes – Pesante Series M207
Medium hard. Will project a very clear‚ broad presence within the ensemble. L = 16 1/8"
Marimba – Pesante Series M202
Medium soft. Great for all-around playing in the lower 2/3 of the instrument. L = 16 3/8"
TIMPANI – Corpsmaster® CT3
Large, synthetic felt heads for a warm, legato tone


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