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Constructed from the exact same materials as the BDFR, it simply has two of the same weighted maple balls and faux fur coverings on each end. The balance of this mallet makes it effortless to roll with one hand when necessary. Perfect for anyone playing in any sort of pit situation, this has been something we’ve been using for years in the Cleveland Orchestra and people have been calling me to borrow one every time they do Nutcracker or Bartók Sonata. Better balance and roll sound than anything else on the market right now.
The iconic BDF1 is known as the Mahler 3 beaters. All of my products have been developed by necessity from playing in the orchestra and making something that fit a certain need. However, this one was initially developed in 1988 just for playing the Mahler 3 excerpts in auditions. As it turned out, it also worked great in reality with the orchestra! Below are photos of the first generations of this model.
The BD4 has been one of our long time “go to” general mallets in The Cleveland Orchestra for many years now. Select Limited Edition Rosewood shaft with solid maple ball and weighted insert inside the head.