SHA-S: Stefon Harris Albright Series Vibraphone Mallets

The famed (but rare) vibes mallets originally handmade by Fred Albright, now updated by vibes phenom Stefon Harris and made available to the public by Malletech.


The famed Albright mallets were originally handmade by Fred Albright (of old drum book fame) and have had a cult following since the 1950’s. Players could rarely get them because they were only made for “special” customers, and only a couple of times per year. Through the years, many companies have tried to buy or license the “Albright” designs and name. After considering the quality control standards that Malletech has consistently demonstrated, the Albright family licensed the designs to Malletech. These mallets are unique in construction, sound and response — far more time-consuming to make than any other vibe mallet on the market: multiple types and layers of yarn on the same model; internal and external stitching; heads that contain up to five separate responsive layers. All the materials are identical to the originals. The only thing that has changed are the yarn colors, as well as the number and tension of wraps – which are determined by Stefon Harris and now strictly controlled by a computer winding machine.

The first three models were tweaked into their current form by Stefon Harris to make a selection that can be used “two-mallet style” as soft, medium hard and hard, or in a graduated set of 4.

Matched pair of 2 mallets.