As of today, August 27, 2021, I am suspending StoutWorks mallets indefinitely. There have been no orders in a long time. I have been continuing to experiment with the mallets I use daily myself, and am excited about the following prospect: the most interesting discovery has been using the 2R with the new core shape (DeMorrow) for the outside mallets, and the 1N for the inside mallets. Rosewood cores for the outside, plastic cores for the inside. That's part one. Part two is using a different yarn for each mallet, to accentuate the individual character and voice of each mallet. The inside mallet yarn is similar enough ( #2, 3) that one can use them as a matched pair with only a very slight difference in sound. Most will never know. So they continue to be graduated but are now voiced differently because of the yarn, but somehow continue to work for my ears and my blended sound. As well, I really like using different yarns, with slight different under layers, with a set of four in both the 1N and 2R series.
I am can still make the original StoutWorks 1N and 2R mallets, but only by special order. If you want them, can pay, and can wait, I will get to them. They will likely not have laser engraving any more (too expensive in small quantities), but since they are a special order situation for me, the price is still the same as below.
StoutWorks Sound Enhanced Series (SES)
Ordering: StoutWorks Sound Enhanced Series marimba mallets are made to order through this website and PayPal. Once an order is paid for, I will then make them. If there are a lot of orders, there may be a waiting period to make and ship your mallets. I can only make 3-5 sets per week. Each mallet is completely made and wrapped by hand, and tested by Gordon Stout. The SES LG mallets are wrapped by Leah Gardner.
PayPal. A standard Shipping charge is automatically included in the PayPal cart when you check out. There may be additional shipping charges for order outside of the US. If you are from New York state, sales tax is included in the price of the mallets. When checking out, make sure to include your email address - I will immediately write you to discuss handle finish, yarn and thread color options. You may also write me about the SES LG mallets for selections.
Handles. All StoutWorks marimba mallets are made with arrow shaft grade cedar. Cedar is a softer wood than the normal birch, and is therefore more flexible (closer to rattan), having a great feel in the hands. Since it is a softer wood, it is never recommended that you play with these mallets on the ends of the bars, on vibraphone, or any percussion instruments. The SES 1N, SES 2R, and SES LG handles are the standard birch thickness and length. The SES 1L mallets have a larger and thicker handle. They are all designed for "normal" marimba performance. They come in four difference finishes:
1. natural wood, sanded, no finish.
2. natural wood, sanded, poly finish (two coats).
3. sanded, light colored stain, poly finish.
4. sanded, dark colored stain, poly finish.
You choose the option you prefer.
Cores. The SES 1N, SES 1L, and SES LG mallets have a polyester plastic core, fabricated by Doug DeMorrow. They are covered with two thin layers of latex rubber, and then with adhesive backed surgical grade felt (no felt on the SES LG mallets). The SES 2R has a rosewood core, made from rosewood pieces from the undercuts of the marimba bars, and with a brass insert added for weight (the same as the orchestral bell mallets made by DeMorrow).
Yarn/Hardness.. They are all wrapped with a yarn that consists of 60% Fine Superwash Merino wool, 20% Mulberry silk, and 20% Polyamide. The SES 1N, SES 1L and SES 2R are always graduated in hardness: #1, softest(yellow tape), for the bass. #2/3 slightly harder, as a pair(blue tape). #4, slightly harder (red tape). The graduation in hardness is smooth from stick to stick. The best example to compare the hardness of these mallets is to the old Malletech signature models of mine (now sold as Grand Soloist mallets): GS7 was the softest. The middle two mallets were GS 13's, and the top mallet was the GS 16. There are similar differences in hardness here, meaning the softest can be used in most of the upper register. The middle two will work top to bottom on a 5.0 marimba, not too hard on the bottom, and not too soft on the top. The top mallet gets slightly bright in the bottom register, but gets a clear and focused upper register sound.
You will be able to choose the color of yarn and thread you prefer. I will send you a picture of the yarns I currently have.
The SES LG sticks are wrapped with a combination of wool and acrylic yarn, and are made and sold in pairs: SES LG-S (soft-black tape), SES LG-MS (medium soft-blue tape), SES LG-MH (medium hard-yellow tape), and SES LG-H (hard-white tape).
Thread. The SES 1N, 1L, 2R mallets are sown with a waxed nylon thread. You will be able to choose the color you prefer. I will send you a picture of the colors I currently have.