Wondering about your preferences for mallets... specifically mallets that aren't your 'primary set.'
So I'm doing a lot more recording lately, and I'm realizing that the pragmatism of being able to get a decent range of sounds with one set of 'main mallets' that I know will be heard through the rhythm section (I've been playing Arthur Lipner med. softs for over 10 years now) is not so appropriate for the studio; there are definitely times when I want different textures, and right now I'm just using whatever odd mallets are laying around that came with certain instruments, that I found in rehearsal studios, etc. No good. SO, I wanted to ask what your preferences are for the following types of mallet roles; please feel free to tell me as much as you want, or just respond with the below copied, like a form. (I appreciate the sentiment that you have ONe set of mallets that can do all of these, but I've got an all-rounder I'm pretty happy with, looking for specifics, thanks.) I appreciate any info you can give me.
WHAT TYPE OF MALLET (make, model, whatever) DO YOU LIKE FOR...
full-sound 'wide bar'/Milt Jackson playing?
quiet four-mallet playing?
REALLY quiet, ghostly, almost-no-contact-sound playing? (Some kind of light marimba mallets?)
rolling low on the marimba playing?
softer rubber mallets?
harder mallets that get an almost glockenspiel sound on the vibes?
slappy, leather, more-contact-sound-than-fundamental playing?
I appreciate your help; actively looking for solutions in all these situations, hoping not to spend >$300 only to buy a bunch that aren't quite right.