NOTE July 2010: Takada mallets have been redesigned. New pictures coming soon. Color may vary.
The Takada Concerto Series mallets were designed with the ability to cut through an ensemble, focusing on clear projection and enhanced articulation without sacrificing the balanced tone quality. All models contain latex cores with durable cotton yarn made in the U.S. The shafts of all models using birch are unfinished to increase grip and control. These mallets can be used for both ensemble and solo marimba playing.
"Encore Mallets respond to your most delicate touch and will no doubt maximize your musical expression!"
- Naoko Takada, marimbist
Naoko Takada was born in Tokyo, Japan. Her 2004-2005 season started with Paul Newman's Gala Event where she had a stage with Hollywood stars Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Danny Glover and others. She appeared as a soloist with many orchestras including Houston Symphony; China National Symphony Orchestra, Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, SanAngelo Symphony, DuPage Symphony; Tokyo Symphony Orchestra; Tokyo Chamber Orchestra; Xalapa Symphony (Mexico). She had appeared in many mass media including WQXR (NY radio), WGBH (Boston radio) , LA Japanese radio, RTHK (Hong Kong radio).
Birch Dowel Handles
NT1B Very Hard
NT3B Medium Hard
NT6B Medium Soft
NT1R Very Hard
NT3R Medium Hard
NT6R Medium Soft