Fiberglass Bell Mallets
Light Magic Flute (LMF)3/4" clear plastic ball on ultra-thin 3/32" fiberglass handle. Ideal for the Magic Flute excerpt, particularly on lighter weight bells.
Heavy Magic Flute (HMF)11/32" phenolic ball with brass insert on ultra-thin fiberglass handle. Same use as the Light Magic Flute, but with more weight for a fuller sound. Especially well suited to heavier bells like Deagan Roundtops
3/4" Black (34B)3/4" black phenolic ball with brass insert on thin 1/8" fiberglass handle. Ideal for soft, fast, articulate bell passages, especially in the upper register of the instrument. Also sounds terrific on crotales.
1" Clear (1C)1"clear ball on 1/8" fiberglass handle. This mallet was formerly called the "La Mer" stick. Clean, clear and very pretty sounding. Perfect for various passages in La Mer, Glazunow Violin Concerto, Sleeping Beauty and the like.
1" Black "Celeste" (CEL)The new Celeste mallet has all the same applications as the original version, but is a better sounding, more consistent mallet. It is a 1” black phenolic ball with a small brass insert covered in a thin layer of rubber. It is heavier than the original, giving it a fuller sound and making it more suitable for using in the orchestra. This mallet turns your glock into a celeste. It is super warm with far less “tick” than typical plastic and brass sticks, yet still has adequate clarity and projection. Ideal for Forest Murmers, La Mer, Don Juan, and the like.
5/8" Brass (58B)This stick functions in much the same way as your general- purpose brass stick on rattan, but with the resilience and delicacy of a thin fiberglass handle. It has excellent projection but with reduced contact sound and frame noise. Great for lots of general playing where a brilliant brass sound is required.
3/4" Aluminum (34A)This stick is ideal for bright, articulate passages, like those found in Exotic Birds. It has superb clarity and tone but never over-powers the bars. Also sounds great on crotales.
7/8" Aluminum (78A)Great for a wide range of playing. Big, bright sound with minimal contact and case noise and a slightly more transparent character than a brass mallet. Ideal for the Sorcerer’s “waterfall” excerpt, Russian Easter and the like.
1" Black (1B)The 1” black is the same as the Celeste stick, but without the rubber covering. The 1” phenolic core with a small brass insert produces a clean, clear sound, with a slightly brighter sound with more body than the 1” clear. Perfect for excerpts in Sorcerers or any passage requiring a lighter, clearer sound than your general rattan bell mallet.
Any set of five (fiberglass only)Choose any five of our fiberglass-handled bell mallets for a discounted price. Please list the mallets of your choice.
Rattan Keyboard Mallets:
1" Ebonite (EB1)Light and agile, but never shrill. Perfect for the soft excerpts in Exotic Birds on xylo and Sleeping Beauty on glock.
1 1/8" Ebonite (EB2)Terrific go-to stick on xylo. Excellent dynamic range and overtone spread. Ideal for Les Noces, Petrouchka, Music for Strings, American in Paris, and many others. On glock, this stick is dark but with excellent projection.
1 1/4" Ebonite (EB3)Big, bold sound with a more overtly dark character than the smaller sizes, but with great resilience off the bar. Perfect for Shosty 5, Polka and Pictures at an Exhibition.
1" White (1W)1” white phenolic ball. This is a lighter version of our 1” black with a slightly sweeter more mellow sound. Clean, clear sound throughout the range. Great for lots of general purpose playing on glock (think Dance of the Snowflakes) and is a perfect xylo/bells crossover stick.
1” Black Rattan (1BR)1” phenolic ball with brass insert. Bright, clear and full-bodied sound. Great go-to stick for tons of rep—think Pines, Mother Goose, Mahler Symphonies, etc. Same core as the 1B on fiberglass but with the added mass of a heavier brass insert and rattan handle.
1" Black Light (1BL)The 1BL is 2g lighter than the regular 1B with a brighter more articulate attack. Terrific go-to stick for fast, athletic passages in a wide variety of repertoire-- think Petrouchka, Sorcerers, Prokofiev Piano Concert, etc. Between this stick, the 1B and the 1W, you’ve got your general-purpose glock playing covered.
Celeste Rattan (CR)Same design as the fiberglass “Celeste” stick but with a heavier core (same core as 1BR). Warm, yet clear, the rubber layer takes the edge off the hard phenolic surface of the core. Great for tons of playing where blend and warmth are the goal—Waldweben, Sleeping Beauty, La Mer, etc. Really gives your glock a celeste-like sound. This also makes an excellent xylo stick— dark and slightly two-toned. Try it on the soft trill excerpt from Medea.
Extra-soft Rattan (ESR)Same core as the RC and 1BR, but with 2 layers of rubber. Very warm, soft and dark, but still has come clarity in the attack. Perfect for Don Juan, La Mer and the like. Very beautiful sounding stick. Also a great soft xylo stick (think soft excerpt from Firebird).
Solo Xylophone (SX)27mm (approx. 1 1/6”) hard rubber core with thin cloth covering. Clean and clear sound with nice warmth throughout the range of the xylophone. Perfect for any solo xylophone repertoire, especially Green and Brewer rags, Tambourine Chinois, Nola and the like.
Practice Xylo (PX)1” hard plastic ball with a 2g weight inside covered with a firm rubber tubing. Unlike many solid rubber practice sticks, this stick is very close in weight to most standard hard xylo sticks and has a more authentic rebound off the bar—not too dead, not too bouncy. It also has a much better response in the highest octave, so you can actually hear pitches when you practice Messiaen. Quiet enough to use on stage and not upset the second violins but loud enough that you can still hear yourself above the din of others warming up. Also great on temple blocks and log drums.
Soft (M1)This mallet is the softest in the series. It’s a meaty sounding bass mallet and is best suited to the bottom 3 octaves of a 5-octave instrument. Although it is very soft, there is still an identifiable attack, giving it clarity without sacrificing fundamental. The rattan is between 8.5 and 8.75mm in diameter (approximately 11/32).
Medium Soft (M2)Great bass or tenor mallet with a graduated set. Sounds best in the bottom 3.5 octaves of a 5-octave instrument. Clear yet very warm. Also works well for some 2-mallet solos, especially Bach played down the octave. Pairs well with both M3 and M4. The rattan is between 8.5 and 8.75mm in diameter (approximately 11/32).
Medium Hard (M4)The most versatile stick in the series. Excellent throughout the range of a 5-octave instrument. Harder than the M3 but with a darker sound quality. The M4 is a shade lighter and more maneuverable than the softer mallets in the series. The rattan is between 8.5 and 8.75mm in diameter (approximately 11/32).
Hard (M5)This stick is very clear and articulate without sounding brittle or harsh. Sounds best in the top 4 octaves but can play through the range of a 5-octave instrument without cracking bars. Excellent for solo playing, as a hard orchestral marimba stick or as a medium vibe mallet. Pairs well as a treble mallet with both M3 and M4. The rattan is between 8.5 and 8.75mm in diameter (approximately 11/32).
Extra Hard (M6)This is the hardest stick in the series. It is very articulate and hard but still maintains a dark character overall. It is slightly two-toned, allowing for a wide dynamic range. It’s great as a hard orchestral mallet or a concerto mallet when projection is most difficult. Also an excellent general-purpose vibe stick.
Graduated SetChoose any four individual mallets to create a set for playing four-mallet solos. Please list the four that you would like in the details line.
Soft Vibraphone Mallet (VS)We have re-categorized our M3 marimba mallet as a soft vibe stick. This is the exact same stick as the regular M3 with green thread that was part of our marimba lineup, but is now wrapped with red cloth and is on a 15” rattan handle. 16” length birch and rattan handles are still available on request. The M3 does not blend as well with the other marimba models, but rounds out the vibe lineup nicely, which is why we decided to change where we categorize it. The M3 produces a big, round, mellow sound on vibes. Great for passages that require lots of blend and minimal articulation. On marimba, this stick is perfect as a soft orchestral stick or for 2-mallet solos. Clear, rubbery sound with a well defined attack, but a soft enough core to sound full and round in the lowest octaves.
Medium Vibraphone Mallet (VM)The medium blue mallet (FORMERLY CALLED SOFT VIBE) is warm and luscious sounding yet maintains clarity throughout the range. It speaks very quickly at all dynamics and is still articulate enough for use in large ensembles. Perfect for the Maria passage in West Side Story, for comping on swing tunes in Pops shows and as a general mallet for solo and chamber playing.
Hard Vibraphone (VH)The hard green stick is very articulate and clear without being shrill. It produces a more even spread of high and low overtones than most hard vibe sticks, giving it a bright yet full sound without being heavy. This agile stick is perfect for the faster passages in West Side Story and Catch Me If You Can.
Bass Drum Mallets
Urethane 1 (Small)This disc-shaped stick is the lightest and most agile of the Urethane Series. It is full-bodied without being over-powering. This is a terrific Mahler 3 stick, but also works well for faster, rhythmic passages, like the end of Tchaikovsky 4 and Prokofiev 3.
Urethane 2 (Medium)This mushroom-shaped stick is very powerful and punchy. It can be used as a general beater, but is especially well suited to passages that require volume and clarity like Rite of Spring (11/4 bar and the end), Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet and Shostakovich 11.
Urethane 3 (Large)This stick is designed to destroy the Earth. It is very heavy and quite large, yet still has some bite to it. Big single notes, Verdi Requiem—you get the idea. Use with caution.
Mahler 3 (BDM)After much popular demand, we’ve decided to add our Mahler 3 stick to our stock lineup. This stick is built on the same core and handle as the BD1, but with a double-sided fleece covering—silky soft side with extra thick liner felt for rolls and the harder side with thin liner felt for articulation in the ornaments. What’s nice about the two sides is that the timbral change is minimal because both sides are covered in fleece, but the change in articulation is just right. SOLD AS A PAIR.
Suspended Cymbal Mallets
Medium (SC1)This pair of medium suspended cymbal mallets is designed for single notes at all dynamics, although it is also excellent for rolls. It has a heavy rubber-covered plastic core on a hickory drumstick-style handle. Because of its weight, this sticks gets the whole spectrum of overtones ringing with very little effort and velocity. The tight cloth wrap gives it excellent projection and articulation without sounding harsh in any way. These characteristics allow for dynamically appropriate notes that are still audible (think Mahler 4 and La Mer). Available on a .535" hickory handle, 13.75" long, or rattan.
Hard (SC2)The hard suspended cymbal mallet is designed for playing rhythmic passages and brighter single notes. It has a small brass core covered in rubber with a tight cloth wrap. It is articulate, clear and very quick to speak, but still sounds like a mallet, not a hard stick. Perfect for passages in the Nutcracker, La Mer, Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances and countless other passages that require rhythmic clarity without the harshness of wood. Available on a .535" hickory handle, 13.75" long or rattan.
Soft (SC3)The roller is softer and lighter than the hard and general sticks. It rolls smoothly and easily at all dynamics on a wide range of cymbals. This stick can also be used for single notes, but has a much rounder attack than the other models. Available on a .535" hickory handle, 13.75" long, or on rattan.
Set of Suspended Cymbal MalletsAll three pairs of our suspended cymbal mallets (one pair each of the General, Hard, and Rollers) on either hickory or rattan handles. Please specify which handles you would like for each mallet (ex. General - hickory, Hard - hickory, Roller - rattan). If left blank, we will assume hickory handles.
Baroque TimpaniThis stick was designed specifically for playing baroque and early classical repertoire on modern drums with plastic heads as well as for church gigs where maximum articulation is required. It’s a very hard, very bright stick with excellent rebound. The thin layer of synthetic suede takes a slight edge off your plastic heads. The 1” disc-shaped wood core allows even larger, deeper drums to sound more appropriately “baroque” while maintaining a more comfortable feel in the hand than traditional baroque sticks. Also great for later repertoire that requires extreme clarity (think Bartok Music for Strings).
Gong and Tam Beaters
Steel Core Tam (SCT)Solid steel core on ½” aluminum handle. Covered in numerous layers of felt and fleece with a harder and softer side. This diminutive stick packs a surprising amount of punch. The double sided design gives it a huge dynamic range—hard side is ideal for soft notes, providing lots of lows with great articulation and projection; soft side is great for loud notes, giving even finicky tams excellent “bloom.” Great go-to stick.
Small Nipple Gong (SNG)80mm Low-profile synthetic rubber core on ¾” x 13.5” hickory handle covered in single layer of fleece. This stick is specifically designed for tuned nipple-gongs (best for gongs 10-18” in diameter). Great clarity, immediate response with minimal tick. Light enough for good maneuverability and heavy enough for a full-bodied sound.
Large Nipple Gong (LNG)100mm low-profile synthetic rubber core on 7/8” steel-pipe handle. Specifically designed for large tuned nipple gongs (best for gongs 14” or larger) this stick is also a terrific tam beater. Super fast response with very clear articulation. Use two of these for powerful tam rolls.
Triangle Set - Dealer's ChoiceA combination of our favorite triangle beaters - if you're looking for an assortment, this is what we recommend! Includes: T1, 2xT2, 2xT3, T4, AT1, AT2 (that's 8 total!)
3/16" Triangle Beater(T1)A 3/16" brass tube on a 3/32” steel handle with synthetic tubing. 8.75” length.
1/4" Triangle Beater (T2)A 1/4" brass tubes on a 3/32” steel handle with synthetic tubing. 8.75” length.
5/16" Triangle Beater (T3)A 5/16" brass tube on 1/8” steel handle with synthetic tubing. 8.75” length.
3/8" Triangle Beater (T4)A 3/8" brass tube on a 1/8” steel handle with synthetic tubing. 8.75” length.
Stick BagThe Dragonfly Percussion hand made stick bag is designed to be an efficient and organized mallet storage solution. With 32 1.5" pockets for individual pairs of keyboard mallets plus 8 3" pockets for drumsticks, marimba and vibe mallets and bass drum sticks, and 6 micro pockets for triangle beaters, this bags holds a ton of gear in a very organized fashion, yet is 8" narrower than other popular large mallet bags. The small individual pockets for all your rattan and fiberglass xylo and glock sticks allow you to quickly and silently locate, retrieve and return sticks, making it ideal for auditions and rehearsals. The exterior of the bag has a large 13"x15" pocket for holding full-size orchestra folders and method books. In addition, there are two zippered utility pockets (12"x12" and 12"x8") for sundries and a hook strap for attaching a tambourine case or other small bag. The bag can be worn as a shoulder bag or backpack. Main zipper closure has two zipper pulls, so you can open it from any place along the zipper. The bottom edge of the bag is made with non-slip fabric so that the bag will stay put when perched on a hard floor or chair. Exterior is made with heavy-duty water-resistant nylon canvas. Interior is heavy-duty cotton canvas. Dimensions when closed: 21"H x 12"W. Dimensions when open: 21"H x 28"W.