Birch Handles are a light weight, extremely strong, durable material that supplies a firmer feel. Because of the diminished flexibility especially on long length models, Birch Handles have become the standard choice for today’s marimba artists.
Rattan Handles provide excellent rebound with an optimum amount of flexibility when striking the instrument. It is the vibe player’s choice because of its “give” which is especially useful in mallet damping. Rattan is also an ideal handle for bell and xylophone mallets and is the professional’s choice.
-Republished with permission from MikeBalter.com