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.
They are extremely versatile. It is essentially the lighter weight version of its big hickory brother, the BD4. Same head size and American felt covering as the BD4, but with the added agility of the smaller diameter fiberglass shaft design. Great for any rhythms or grace notes such as Carmina Burana and of course ALL Prokofiev bass drum parts. Or as a general beater on smaller drums for a smaller more compact sound. Extremely versatile and excellent on small tam tams and medium tuned gongs.
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.