Batons & Arrangers
When choosing a baton or arranger, you'll want to consider a few factors. For one, the weight of your baton will be influenced greatly by the shaft material. Some are made of wood, while others are made of graphite or fiberglass. The baton's length is another critical characteristic. Usually, batons are between 12" and 16", but other sizes are available as well. The right length for you will come down to personal preference, but usually conductors go with batons that equal the distance from the base of their forearm to the middle joint of their middle finger. Other factors to consider are the shape and size of the baton's handle and its overall balance. Your best bet is to try out a variety of batons to see what you feel most comfortable holding.
To start your search, look at a top-rated item or a best seller, then go from there. For example, the Donato Symphony Conducting batons come in sizes of 13" and 15". Featuring a lightweight, hardwood handle with a white shaft, this baton is affordably priced and clearly made for the discerning professional. Another popular choice is the Mollard P Series Oak Baton. Handcrafted from the finest hardwoods then polished to bring out its beauty even further, this baton comes in your choice of a white or clear finish and is favored by many pro-level conductors for its incredible response and balance.
Along with many other batons and arrangers, this section also offers slick and stylish hard-shell baton cases, so you'll definitely benefit from spending a little time here. Your job as a conductor is crucial to the flow and performance of an orchestra, and picking up a new baton/arranger is a great way to reward yourself for taking on such an important role.