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Make Your Own Mallets for Marimba, Vibraphone & Xylophone.
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How to make and wind your own mallets for Marimba, Vibraphone & Xylophone

If you play Marimba, Xylophone or Vibraphone... you have probably discovered that you can spend quite a few dollars on mallets....

....especially of you want a good variety of different types.

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How YOU can Cut the Cost of quality Percussion mallets down to just a few dollars.* disclaimer

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Hello fellow percussionists and music educators!

My name is Jim McCarthy, & I'm going to show you how to get a wide range of mallets for various tone colours - and WITHOUT spending much cash at all! To find out how, just read through to the bottom of this page.

You will discover:

  • How to choose different yarns for durability and different sounds. (pg 15)
  • How to wind and sew off mallets in certain ways to achieve differences in sound and rigidity. (pg 16-20)
  • How to create the "TWO-TONE" mallet cores that commercial companies advertise as a feature.(pg 12-13)
  • Inexpensive everyday items you can use for mallet cores, which last a long time and require little or no modification. (pg5-6)
  • How to make Shafts for your mallets which are suitable for the instrument and mallet head. (pg 4,8,9)
  • How to repair broken handles without replacing the whole mallet, & how to reinforce the shafts so they don't break in crucial moments of performance. (pg 21-22)
  • The little known technique, that will make your mallets sound rounder and more musical than even most commercial mallets. (pg 7)


So Let's compare the cost of commercial mallets with ones you make yourself!

When you make your own mallets, the cost of the various mallet parts may vary a little depending on what variations you use and of course simply from one store to another! The parts of the mallets though will cost you a whole lot less than buying them commercially. Let's have a look at some examples:

Why Not Compare Prices Yourself From Some Major Suppliers?

Average cost for a DIY pair of mallets you make yourself - $6.42

Allans/Billy Hydes - Australia's biggest percussion store.
Prices approx $21.95 per pair - currently just one model available!

Steve Weiss
Prices approx. $29 to $174.95 per set 4.

Musician's Friend
Prices approx $31.98 to $149.99 per set 4.

Cane Shafts$ 3.00 per pair
Wood Shafts$ 1.18 per pair
Windings vary from none - to cheaper small windings - to more expensive and bigger windings.$ 1.00 per pair
$ 0.25 per pair
Cores also vary from one type to another. Here are the estimated ranges.$ 6.00 per pair
$ 1.00 per pair
MISC. (Like glue etc)
The cost of these is almost negligable. One small tube of glue for example will last for as many mallets as you are ever likely to make for one person!* disclaimer But let's be generous and call it 20c per pair!$ 0.20 per pair
TOTAL - BETWEEN$ 2.63 & $10.20 per pair


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Let me tell you the story... of how the mallet making guide came about...

You see, I used to be much like many of you. I was a student percussionist with a passion for keyboard percussion. Eventually I got through a couple of music degrees and went on to teach in schools, where the problem of mallet expense is multiplied by the class size! But more on that later...

I remember buying my first pair of xylophone mallets - even 20 odd years ago they cost about $25. I remember being so pleased that at last I had "graduated" and at last had the tools I needed to play tuned percussion. Well as you can probably guess, that lasted about a month!

I wanted to play a piece on the marimba... "Not with THOSE mallets" said my teacher, "They're too hard - you need softer ones." So I purchased a second pair of softer (and slightly more expensive) mallets.

As I developed some ability it was time to graduate to using two mallets in each hand. I was a little panicked to discover that in fact I needed to buy three more pairs of mallets! Four mallets for marimba and another pair for xylophone - seems my previous pairs had seen a fair bit of work, and the windings were pretty much worn out.

This was starting to get expensive! More than I could really afford as a poor student.

Well to cut a long story short, over my student years I discovered that in order to cover a reasonable amount of repertoire on marimba xylophone and vibraphone, & get the various tones required, you needed an approximate minimum of thirteen pairs of mallets - not counting if you wanted your own mallets for glockenspiel or other instruments like that.

I also discovered that they needed to be replaced or repaired more often than I would have liked, and that everything seemed to get more expensive every time!

A few of the Mallets YOU can make from simple everyday materials.
A few of the Mallets YOU can make from simple everyday materials. These ones cost just a couple of dollars each to make.
I made the decision to learn to make my own mallets. You see there were richer students who had different/more mallets than me, and I often found myself asking to borrow some of theirs to get a particular sound.

I hit the library and spent hours researching everything I could find on making mallets - it amounted to very little indeed, and I still wasn't much wiser.

I looked hard at the windings on my own mallets, and tried to work out how it was done - without much success. I also knew that different mallets had different cores under the windings, but I didn't know much about that either.

About then I had a breakthrough.

One of my friends had an almost new set of expensive mallets but broke one of the shafts. He threw it in the bin, and I retrieved it.

Over the next several weeks, I carefully unwound that mallet and studied the winding in detail. I practiced re-creating it on a dummy mallet I'd made myself, until I was confident that I'd figured out most of the variables and could get it right from scratch.

At last I was able to repair the windings on some of my worn out mallets which I couldn't have otherwise used.

Over the next few years I gained a lot of experience creating mallets.

I experimented with different shafts, cores, windings and many other things.

Pretty soon I had the biggest and fanciest range of cool mallets I could imagine!

I had a MUCH bigger range than the shops even sold at that time!

You see, now that I could create a whole set of four mallets for well under 10 bucks, my mallet choice was way, way less limited by cost. If I wanted a slightly different sound or feel in my mallets for a certain piece - I simply made a special set of mallets to suit - and didn't really even THINK about the price.

A few of the Mallets YOU can make from simple everyday materials.

Many of these mallets (although certainly not all) I still have today. Have a look at my current collection - most of these were made by me, and could just as easily be made by YOU.

Many of these mallets you couldn't even buy in a shop if you wanted to - they are custom designed. Even if you could though, it would cost you SIGNIFICANTLY more than the approximately $244 they cost me to make!

Here's how YOU can also save heaps, by creating your own unique & professional mallets for tuned percussion Without a painful learning curve.

Now YOU can benefit from all my research, experience and experimentation by making your own collection of mallets. With this new Guide to making percussion mallets, you will have all the information you need to create ALL the standard types of mallet (and some not so standard also!) using inexpensive everyday materials.

You'll be able to replace broken or split handles on any mallet without destroying the head, and you'll discover the very best way to prevent handles from breaking again.

Once you read this mallet making guide, you'll make tougher windings that resist fraying, and you'll soon have have access to a wide variety of special purpose mallets and multi-tone mallets to perfectly suit any instrument, and any situation.

Your guide to making mallets keeps saving you dollars with every pair you make, and you'll recoup the cost in just one pair of mallets!

Here's just some of the stuff you'll find in your mallet making guide.

  • Choosing shaft type and length to best suit your mallet head and purpose.
  • How to cut and smooth your mallet shafts cleanly and which finishes are most suitable.
  • Creating a variety of mallet cores for various tone colours, including two-tone cores.
  • Modifications to cores to make them more versatile.
  • Winding technique for yarn wound mallets.
  • How to choose the winding material best suited to your mallet's needs.
  • How to repair mallets with broken shafts without destroying the core or winding.
  • How to reinforce shaft ends to prevent breakage!

Bonus Winding Video

I know that sometimes even with all photos, it makes life easier if you can just see something being done in real time. So I've created a 20 minute video for you to show the process of winding a mallet, and I'm throwing it in as part of the package.

You'll be able to download it instantly in your choice of formats at the same time as you download the mallet making guide.

Do I need any special equipment to make mallets? What tools will I need?

No - you absolutely need nothing out of the ordinary to make mallets. Here's a list of the sort of things you will need.

  • A drill with an 8mm (5/16) drill bit, and another smaller bit.
  • A fine bladed saw - I use a hacksaw.
  • Some sandpaper (80 grit or similar)
  • Glue - epoxy is best - I prefer the 5 minute syringes.
  • A pair of scissors
  • A large needle big enough for the wool or yarn.

Your 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
You have 56 days so that you can fully try out the product!

It took me a long time and much frustration to aquire the skills and knowledge required to write this mallet making guide for you. But I'm 100% confident of every single thing in it because I make all my OWN mallets with these techniques now, and have been for years. They have stood the test of time and heavy use.

Obviously I can’t make the mallets for you, and your success is going to be determined a little bit by your own efforts. Your winding skill will certainly improve with a little practice.

If however, you feel my product is at fault and it doesn't work for you then I don't deserve your money! Simply contact clickbank within 56 days for a complete and full refund – no questions asked. In fact I insist! I don't want your money if you don't find this guide exactly what you need to create your own awesome mallet collection.

So go ahead and click here to get started

All this for less than the shop price of a single pair of mallets!

Just $17

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P.S. There's no gimmicks here - just real information that you won't find anywhere else!

P.P.S. This is definitely for you if you want a whole range of professional percussion mallets and still have a budget to spare!

P.P.P.S. This price is a steal because you get the whole mallet creation package for less than what you'd normally pay for ONE PAIR OF MALLETS in a shop, so click here to get started.


* Disclaimer

The informational products available at, are designed to give the user all the information required to make their own percussion mallets. The exact cost and quality of the final outcomes are subject to the selection of materials and the abilities of the individual making the mallets. It is likely that a little practise will be required from the average user before the skills described, are attained to a high enough level to produce mallets of a professional quality. Once these skills are achieved however, the user should have the ability to make a wide variety of mallets for various sound qualities, from readily available materials that cost significantly less than any commercially equivalent mallets.

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