New Robert van Sice Signature Keyboard Mallets

November 7, 2011 5:04 pm in Endorser & Company News by Web Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Robert van Sice is considered one of the world’s foremost performers of contemporary music for marimba. His varied performing career has centered on establishing the instrument as a serious artistic vehicle, premiering more than 100 works for marimba and appearing in over 30 countries worldwide. In 1997, Mr. van Sice was appointed Director of Percussion Studies at the Yale University School of Music. He subsequently joined the faculties at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and the Curtis Institute of Music.

“When I designed this line of mallets, my objective was to produce a very ‘musical’ mallet that would allow the player to determine the color of sound with their own touch,” states van Sice. “The sound these mallets produce should be described as multi-dimensional and full of possibilities!”

The new Robert van Sice Signature Keyboard Mallets feature a heavy synthetic core that produces a very robust and complete sound. These yarn wound marimba mallets have been crafted with an exclusive hand-wrapping technique that virtually eliminates the sound of bar contact. A special interlocking stitch pattern maintains the integrity of the head. 17” long maple handles provide excellent feel and control at extended intervals. With a full depth of sound and excellent versatility of color, these exciting new mallets are the perfect choice for music from the Japanese repertoire and pieces demanding multiple layers of timbre.

Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Very soft. Produces a heavy‚ dark sound. Perfect for use in the bass position.
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Soft. An ideal mallet for pieces such as the Bach Cello Suites.
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium soft. A very versatile mallet that covers the entire instrument.
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium. The most popular model in the series. Features an extraordinary range of color‚ which is easily manipulated by the performer.
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Medium hard. This is the most expressive mallet of the series and is an ideal choice for the modern marimba repertoire.
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Robert Van Sice Signature Keyboard
Hard. A wonderful choice for those moments where the player needs maximum cutting power and edge to the sound.
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Van Sice goes on to say, “I am proud to have my products with Vic Firth because the company is a reflection of Vic’s personal approach to playing. The constant search for new sounds coupled with a genuine respect for performers of all ages and musical genres is inspiring. And the company’s unending dedication to education is simply unparalleled!”

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