In the marching band and orchestral world, Mike Balter is a name that's synonymous with high quality. Since 1977, they've been continuously impressing music educators and professional percussionists around the world by providing an extensive line of mallets. From their perfect weight to their exceptional balance, Mike Balter mallets are designed with meticulous attention to detail and this catalog offers an impressive variety of styles for playing timpani, vibraphones, xylophones, marimba and more. Before choosing a set of mallets, it's important to understand the characteristics of certain shaft types - after all, different materials are more suitable for some instruments more than others. When it comes to xylophones and vibraphones, rattan shafts are favored because of their flexibility. The Pro Vibe Series Rattan Mallets in this section are popular sellers and are made with only the finest cord. Their heavy, round heads are perfect for all-around playing and they also come at a very affordable price. Another popular shaft material is birch. Less flexible than rattan and slightly longer, birch shafts are favored for two-mallet playing - specifically on marimbas. Mike Balter specializes in many birch mallet pairs, including the Ensemble Series Birch Marimba Mallets. Firm and durable, these mallets are made from high-grade yarn and are considered by many to be the best marimba mallets on the market today. Of course, the two choices mentioned are just a sample of what Mike Balter has in these pages. They also design mallets with fiberglass shafts - ideal for percussionists who want a durable set of mallets with a rattan-like response. The simple truth is that the quality of your mallets play an important role in your musical performance, so it only makes sense to stick with a company that has proven itself to be a leader in mallet craftsmanship. In which case, stick with Mike Balter and you'll have no problem making your talents shine.