The original Dave Samuels DS11 and DS18 mallets have a unique small bronze core that increases the mass of the rubber head and “kicks-in” at high dynamic levels for even greater projection. They are medium weight mallets with 8.5 mm to 9 mm rattan handles. The new DS10H and DS19H mallets do not have the bronze core of the original series, but are significantly heavier and have larger heads to bring out more fundamental. The “Heavies” have rattan handle diameters of 9.5 mm to 10 mm.
The DS11 brings out more of the dark tones of the marimba and vibes. The attack tone is free of yarn noise and slap, great for recording or chamber use.