Vic Firth Robert Van Sice Series Marimba Mallets
Respected internationally as a soloist, teacher and masterclass instructor, Robert van Sice designed this series of yarn wound marimba mallets with an exclusive hand-wrapping technique that virtually eliminates the sound of bar contact. A special interlocking stitch pattern maintains the integrity of the head.
Rubber core models are mono-tonal, while the synthetic core models are multi-tonal -- allowing the sound to brighten and darken as the dynamics increase and decrease. 17" maple handles provide excellent feel and control at extended intervals.
In his varied performing career, Mr. van Sice has made solo appearances with symphony orchestras and given recitals in Europe, North America, Africa, and The Far East. In 1989 he gave the first full-length marimba recital at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and has since played in most of Europe’s major concert halls, many of which have been broadcasted by the BBC, Swedish Radio, Norwegian Radio, WDR, and Radio France. He is now frequently invited as a soloist with Europe’s leading contemporary music ensembles, including London Sinfonietta, Ensemble Contrechamps and L’ltineraire. Mr. van Sice has played the opening concerts for the Archipel, Darmstadt and North American New Music festivals and has previously appeared at the Meltdown, Ultima, and Ars Musica festivals among many others. Future engagements include tours to Japan, South America, and Scandinavia.
M111 Very Soft - For a warm‚ round sound that is perfect for low register chorales. L = 17"
M112 Soft - Produces a broad sound with tremendous projections that is dark‚ but not muffled. L = 17"
M113 Medium Soft - A general mallet that covers the lower four octaves of the marimba. L = 17"
M114 Medium - The most popular model in the series‚ this mallet covers the entire range of the marimba and produces a singing sound that is full of life. L = 17"
M115 Medium Hard - Bright‚ but not to the point of "xylophone-like" brilliance. L = 17"
M116 Hard - When extreme cutting power and a sharp edge are required. L = 17"