Freer Percussion products are well known around the world for being the most unique and creative designs, materials and covering techniques. It’s our goals to have FP remain first in its class and a clear leader in the orchestral percussion market.
This is a “large roller” that is still easy to roll with and can provide you an absolutely stroke-less roll sound which the orchestra will feel in their seats. If you’re looking for something that will get the most fundamental deep end out of any size bass drum and create that subwoofer undertone…this is the mallet. It is also a great mallet for single notes where you want nearly no attack because of the large head. It produces no point to the sound at all, so for soft single notes it is unbeatable. Also excellent on small tam tams and medium sized tuned gongs. Highly recommended for the long soft rolls in Stravinsky Firebird. You will feel and hear rumble but not hear roll strokes.
The BD8 continues to be a best seller because of its versatility. The only double ended mallet in the line, it features identical cores on each end with a hard green felt on one end and soft German felt on the other.
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.
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.