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A general term applying to any object that is used to strike a drum or percussion instrument. Beaters can be classified into several categories:

Bass Drum Beaters:
This beater can have one or two heads and is held in the hand to strike  the bass drum  from either side. They are typically sold and used as single beaters, however, in some cases, they can be used in pairs alternating strikes  to both sides (especially in marching bands). Bass drum beaters for drum kits (drum sets) are operated with a foot pedal. The shaft is typically wood and heads are felt with several different degrees of hard and soft.
Wooden dowels that come in different weights and sizes, used for snare drum, tenor drum, tom-toms, and other untuned percussion instruments. These are used in pairs with one stick in each hand.

This includes a wide variety of objects that are wooden or plastic dowels with heads made of various materials. These typically come in pairs and are used for numerous percussion instruments, particularly tuned percussion instrument. The mallets can be broken into four main categories:
These are constructed out of metal or nylon wires and set in a fan-like pattern. The shaft is actually a sleeve, often aluminum, covered in rubber or plastic with the ability to slide over the wires, effectively protecting the wires when not in use. They are typically used on the snare drum and suspended cymbal.

A type of brush that is comprised of thin sticks of birch, cane, broomcorn or combinations of materials. The effect is similar to the brushes, however, there is a different sound to the effect and can be much louder than brushes if desired. Typically, there are rubber bands that can be moved up and down the sticks to alter the effect to the sound desired.

This is typically a metal dowel that is used to strike a triangle.


Bass drum beater

Chimes hammer (rawhide)

Wrapped mallet (yarn head)

Unwrapped mallet (brass head)

Felt mallet



Last Updated: 2014-03-24 01:15:26