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Malletech Markus Rhoten MR20B Orange Timpani Mallets

Model: MAL-MR20B

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The Malletech Markus Rhoten MR20B Orange Timpani Mallets have a multi-layered felt structure similar to the 24B, however it is heavier and has a larger core in order to provide the necessary volume and sound one needs in the romantic repe...
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Malletech Markus Rhoten MR20B Orange Timpani Mallets - Product Information

The Malletech Markus Rhoten MR20B Orange Timpani Mallets have a multi-layered felt structure similar to the 24B, however it is heavier and has a larger core in order to provide the necessary volume and sound one needs in the romantic repertoire like Strauss or Tchaikovsky. The felt is layered in a way that above a mezzo-forte dynamic the mallets produces great articulation but a beautiful, full and warm sound.

The Malletech line of Markus Rhoten bamboo timpani mallets are hand-crafted for the professional timpanist, and those who intend to become professional timpanists. Markus Rhoten, Principal Timpanist of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and faculty of the Juilliard School of Music, is the perfect musician to design a line of timpani mallets that bring European timpani traditions to America. Born to American parents, schooled in Germany, Markus’s previous posts included The Berlin Symphony Orchestra and the Bavarian Radio Orchestra.

This new line of mallets is not comparable with other designs of bamboo mallets. While most bamboo timpani mallets are made in the American tradition of core plus one, or at maximum two layers of felt, the Markus Rhoten line has up to five functional layers of construction with a variety of core materials and structures. Of course, such a labor-intensive, multi-layered design costs a little more, but it offers the serious musician a degree of expressive nuance that is unachievable with less-complex designs.

The mallets in this line require several cycles of “play-in” on a hard surface, depending on the number of layers of felt. A custom re-felting service is offered by Malletech felt sewing experts, so that timpanists can be confident that they will be able to use each pair of these musical instruments for many years.

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I ordered these mallets from Steve Weiss in mid-August 2014 due to a word-of-mouth recommendation from a colleague. I had already heard through the"grapevine" that these mallets were reputedly superb. I specifically chose the Rhoten 20Bs as an "calculated risk" purchase based on the provided description at the Steve Weiss website. It was my hope that this particular mallet design might encompass an integration of resonant tonality and effective articulation. I'm very happy to report that this particular "gamble" has paid off handsomely. I haven't had a second's regret regarding the purchase of these mallets. For me, the mallets produce warm and expansive clarity on rhythmic passages with broader note values while simultaneously sounding very mellifluous on short and sustained rolls. A particularly remarkable trait of the 20Bs is their seemingly total lack of edge or harshness of tone quality per se. Obviously, the design is not intended solely for sharp articulation. The 20Bs work wonderfully well for mid-to-later Romantic repertoire but can be judiciously used in various passages of early Romantic repertoire and 20th-century repertoire. I'm also happy to report that the German felt on the mallets has impressive longevity. This particular pair did not manifest significant felt breakdown for over four years of use in rehearsals and performances (I don't use these mallets for daily practice). Malletech did a wonderful job with the felt recovering that I requested during summer 2019. The mallets were only out of my possession for roughly five weeks and sounded slightly more tonal after that re-felting than when they were initially purchased. I should mention that all the Rhoten mallets are $16.00 or $17.00 cheaper now than when I purchased my pair. That notwithstanding, they have more than "paid for themselves". I simply cannot recommend these mallets too highly.

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Jeff Grubbs

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5.00
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