What is on these vibe mallets?

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What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:26 pm



I found this picture on Wikipedia. Apparently these were Joe Locke's mallets. What is the wrapping (or whatever that is) on the shafts of the mallets? Google has been little help. I've never heard of anyone wrapping/taping their mallet shafts. Thank you!
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 7:35 pm



What picture?
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Sun Mar 01, 2015 8:37 pm



billc36 wrote:What picture?
Oh my god *facepalms so hard*
I made the post but forgot the picture. My apologies.
It has been added. Thanks for notifying me instead of just not replying.
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:39 am



Yeah, that is pretty strange. I've never heard of Joe Locke but it looks like he plays mainly vibraphone, so he probably plays Burton grip of some variation. That grip requires beefier mallets, so it's possible he is just trying to beef them up for his grip.


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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2015 12:38 pm



Ya know, you can't go back to Austantinople, now it's Istanbul, not Austantinople. Been a long time gone, Austantinople, now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night.
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 11:27 am



TheKingofNone wrote:Ya know, you can't go back to Austantinople, now it's Istanbul, not Austantinople. Been a long time gone, Austantinople, now it's Turkish delight on a moonlit night.
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 5:59 pm



Some mallet players like Keiko Abe and another marimba one artist(can't remember their name ATM) have mallet tape. It could be this http://www.steveweissmusic.com/product/ ... allet-wrap but it's hard to tell. Not a lot of mallet players use tape but when they do I usually hear of them wrapping their hands not their mallets.
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 6:40 pm



You can count on those mallets being hand wrapped by Joe Locke or whoever the performer is. You want a straight answer, you gotta ask the man.
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Re: What is on these vibe mallets?

Posted: Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:15 am



Some of our Vibe players put moleskin on their mallets to keep them from slipping, so it could be that. I'm not a big fan personally.
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