Dragonfly Percussion vibe mallets are designed to be the perfect go-to sticks for general playing in the orchestra and chamber setting. They are also ideal cross-over sticks for marimba and vibes, with excellent sound quality and response on both instruments. The relatively small head size (1 1/4″ diameter) makes accuracy a bit easier on narrower bars and the gentle contour of the playing surface makes mallet dampening very easy.
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.
Dragonfly marimba sticks produce a full-bodied sound with lots of fundamental but are articulate without being overtly bright. The rubber cores covered in a thin layer of cloth split the difference between conventional yarn- wrapped sticks and traditional latex-rubber mallets. They are especially well-suited to orchestral, ensemble and studio playing but also work well for solo repertoire. All sticks are 16” in length, available on birch or rattan handles, and sold in pairs (except the graduated set).
Note: We are no longer stocking phenolic tube handles. If you would really like them, we are happy to make them as a custom order for you. Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).
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.
Choose 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.