Archive | February, 2019

Making your own mallets

7 Feb

I would like to encourage all percussionists to make their own mallets. It is a great way to learn more about the manufacture of keyboard percussion mallets and how the construction of mallets affects playing technique and sound.

The American percussionist Bill Sallak is an expert in mallet design and he has created a very interesting series of YouTube videos called Open Source Mallets. Visit Bill’s site at and become inspired by his take on mallet design and manufacture. If you wonder how a mallet head wrapping machine works used by commercial brands and how fast it can do circa 140 wraps, here is a short video: