Regular Models Keyboard Mallets
Brass heads are mainly for use on glockenspiels. When a bright, clear, metallic tone is desired, brass can be a perfect choice.
Ebonite with Brass Core (MR-840)
For use on glockenspiel only. This mallet has a large, heavy brass core for a strong sound that projects well.
Rosewood, Hytrel, Lexan, ABS
These extremely hard materials are excellent for use on glockenspiels and xylophones. A wide variety of sounds can be obtained depending on size and the material used. Yamaha’s wooden heads are of the finest Rosewood for a crisp decisive tone. Lexan produces a heavier, harder sound. ABS is lighter and bright. Hytrel has a soft, pure, well centered sound.
Rubber heads work well on a wide variety of instruments. They range from very hard—well suited for glockenspiels and xylophones—to softer heads which can be used on marimbas.
Yarn wound heads produce a pleasingly mellow tone which is excellent for use on marimbas. These mallets are also effective for use on xylophones and vibraphones.
Harder than yarn, cord wound heads produce a brighter tone. Excellent for articulating passages with precision and clarity.