The nine models in the Stevens line are the smoothest rolling, least "slappy" mallets for solo marimba playing available anywhere in the world. Each model has four to six distinct layers of construction which work with the player to generate maximum bar sound, minimize contact noise and offer superb low-dynamic control, all without sacrificing any of the high volume potential of a normal mallet. These layers of construction and performance features are built into a mallet that is medium weight, perfectly balanced and therefore easy to maneuver through today's challenging solo literature. All Leigh Howard Stevens mallets feature super-soft, and now improved, longer lasting yarn and select birch handles.
"This mallet functions as an extremely soft as well as an extremely hard mallet. The player will notice a sudden ""breaking point"" between mezzo forte and forte where the oversized, super-hard core ""kicks through"" the three outer layers."
"A full range medium soft to hard mallet that speaks clearly in all registers, yet still rolls smoothly. The most popular ""general use"" mallet in the Stevens Series. The LS15L model is the original, lighter LS15."
A hard to extremly hard mallet, model LS25 still rolls easily at mezzo piano and below. This mallet is useful when the performer wants bright tones above mezzo forte and needs stroke-free rolls only below mezzo piano.