Orchestral Percussion

Brass mallets on chimes

  • 1.  Brass mallets on chimes

    Posted 06-12-2011 11:16
    The previous post reminded me of this one.  We have been asked to use brass hammers on chimes.  It probably started with a composition that requested it.  Since then, our conductor likes the added volume and asks for them often.  To be clear, I mean a real hammer similar to the photo.  While the soft metal does not mark our chimes, we do worry about them getting thrown out of tune, which they are, though I'm not sure it can be attributed to the brass mallets.  We've since hidden the hammers but I wonder what others have experienced.