About our Rattan
All of our keyboard sticks are on the highest quality Indonesian rattan handles. They are all 7-7.5mm(+/-) in diameter (approx. 9/32”) at the butt-end and 13 1/8” in length. Each pair is hand-selected to ensure both sticks are extremely straight and matched in both diameter and flex. We then categorize the pairs to best suit the various models of sticks we make.
Rattan Keyboard Mallets
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.
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.
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.
Ebonite is a hard, extruded natural rubber material. On xylophone, our hand-turned Ebonite sticks produce a pure and articulate sound, suitable for lots of general playing, but with an underlying warmth not found in phenolic and exotic hardwood sticks. While they are relatively light-weight, they produce a surprisingly full-bodied sound with an exceptional spread of high and low overtones. They have terrific resilience off the bar resulting in a very comfortable feel in the hand. On glock, the Ebonite produces a very warm, elegant sound with a clear attack. Extremely useful for a wide range of playing on glock, especially where blend and warmth are needed without losing clarity. NOTE: Each mallet head is hand turned, and variations in the smoothness/finish due to the turning and the natural product cause individual differences. We carefully match them, and guarantee that the sound produced is even.
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.