Mallets are an integral part of tuned percussion, but on the surface, there do not seem to be any rules. There's a light end and a heavy end. The shafts can be made of plastic or wood; the ball of the mallet could be foam, wood, rubber, or some other plastic composite. With all of the choices, the weight ratio seems to come down to player preference. What are you trying to do with these mallets, anyways?
You want to create music; perform; be a dynamic and competent musician that can play reliably; appear as a spectacle for your audiences; and not have to worry about your instruments delivering the sound they were made to.
"Extra fluffy. Extra large. Lights. Generally, just more awesome in every respect".
Keep in mind, this was an evolving thought process. When I first started making mallets, I just wanted them to be cooler. I picked up an old set from a friend and bandmate, and pulled them apart. I was APPALLED at how simple they were. Chip foam, doweling, and some glue??? For world renowned musicians to perform?
We got to work; We knew where to find wood. Foam. . . cool lights. Paint them up. Experiment with lengths and thicknesses and foam densities....
Another thing we had thought of was dirty mallets. It is so easy to drop a nice white fluffy mallet in the mud and have it never be the same again. Having a seamstress design the drawstring fur covers for the tenor and bass mallets was a great decision, though it has some small aesthetic drawbacks.
We were really happy with how they were turning out, but they were a bit heavy; we needed to either shorten them, reduce the size of the mallet head, and/or change up the material the shaft was made out of.
These are now MADE TO ORDER.
TyFry mallets had shafts of injected plastic molding; and while it made sense, the up front costs of creating the mold was astronomical. We did extensive testing of materials in the 3D printing and came up with something that didn't have too much flex but wasn't brittle enough to snap with heavy use. We managed to use this technique to get the logo printed right into the shaft as well!
The bead at the end was a manufactured separately, as 3D printed object require a flat surface to be built upon, and without that bead, only half of it could be printed, leaving an uneven surface for the drummer to hold onto on the bottom. We knew we could improve this, but demands for the mallets were increasing and we had to make a decision; to push forward with sales, or take a step back and revamp our product development.
"We knew we could continue to have fun, or double down, and produce the best performance oriented mallet in the entire percussion market."
We've taken the utmost care in designing the internals for shock resistance. We have ensure that the casing is water resistant at the service hatch. The mallet is made for sustainability and future proofing for more elaborate features. This way, we can upgrade the internals without replacing the entire mallet, so that YOU can constantly have the latest and greatest mallet as we progress WITHOUT having to invest 100% back in to a whole new set!
The casing will be easy to service, and we'll be using a heavy grade carbon fibre that won't break. We've planned for adding cushioned padding for the internal sensitive components so they'll survive repeated beatings.
"We are doing vigorous product testing for agile flourishing and acoustic sound design."
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