Due to their innovative mallet wrapping process, these are perhaps the most technological advanced marimba mallets available. Furthermore, the synthetic core allows this mallet to fully project at loud dynamics while also providing a clear and balanced sound. -Adam
The Marimba One Double Helix DHB1 Very Hard Birch Marimba Mallets are a mid-weight mallet line designed to provide warmth and a full fundamental throughout the entire range of the marimba with a smooth, dark attack. Using two separate yarns, one synthetic yarn and one wool yarn wrapped with relaxed tension, Marimba One is able to provide a multitude of different sounds and feels.
Another unique design characteristics is the use of Dual Cores, a process called overmolding. This patented process consists of injection molded polymers carefully injected in hard and soft layers, resulting in a very consistent mallet which provides the ultimate marimba bar tone. This process, combined with various yarn tensions, also results in a nicely weighted and balanced head with wide tonal capabilities.
Jeffrey O:If you are looking for mallets with professional materials and wrapping than yes, the quality of Double Helix line is worth the price. The DHB1 are great for fast, two-mallet playing in the mid and upper ranges of the marimba (think Creston Concertino, Prism or Stout Etude #12). For four-mallet playing they perfect for pieces that require speed (Musser C Major or Tanaka Two Movements for Marimba - 1st mvmt.) Be careful! They are fully capable of breaking a bar in the lower register. Stay low and the mallet will do all the work for you.
That said, the Van Sice line of mallets by Vic Firth are a bit cheaper and are extremely popular. But the Double Helix line is a great line of mallets and I would highly recommend them. I would NOT recommend the Wave Wrap mallets. Far over priced.Dec 20, 2012