Yamaha Expands Its Line of Keiko Abe Marimba Mallets with Strong, Lightweight Birch Shafts

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Yamaha MKAW Marimba Mallet

“Mallets are an extension of the player’s hand and head and need to feel good during performance,” said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America.

Yamaha today introduced the MKAW Series of Keiko Abe signature marimba mallets at the 2015 NAMM Show.

The MKAW Series, designed with input from Abe, a Yamaha Marimba Artist renowned around the world, features Birch shafts. The MKA Series of Keiko Abe signature marimba mallets, which will still be available, is constructed with Rattan shafts. The yarn wound heads of both series consist of the same material.

Yamaha draws on its extensive experience of selecting fine wood for musical instruments to create the new MKAW Series of marimba mallets. Birch handles are lighter in weight than Rattan and many players prefer the material for its combination of firmness and durability.

The Keiko Abe Signature Series features nine different degrees of soft to hard mallets that make it easy for artists to select a voiced set of four for any musical situation. The hard mallets are heavy and create a full sound from the upper range of the marimba, while the bass mallets pull the fundamental resonance out of the instrument’s lower range. These yarn wound mallets are ideal for solo work, along with concertos, and are available in a variety of lengths. Each mallet consists of a unique firmness and texture and comes with color-coded tape for easy identification during playing situations.

“Mallets are an extension of the player’s hand and head and need to feel good during performance,” said Troy Wollwage, marketing manager, Percussion Instruments, Yamaha Corporation of America. “Many marimba players contend that rigid Birch handles add to their accuracy when playing.”

Pricing and Availability
The MKAW Keiko Abe Marimba Mallets will ship in Spring 2015.

For more information, visit the Yamaha Booth at the 2015 NAMM Show in the Anaheim Marriott Hotel, Marquis Ballroom, January 22-25, 2015, or http://4wrd.it/mkaw.

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About Yamaha
Yamaha Corporation of America (YCA) is one of the largest subsidiaries of Yamaha Corporation, Japan and offers a full line of award-winning musical instruments, sound reinforcement and home entertainment products to the U.S. market. Products include: Yamaha acoustic, digital and hybrid pianos, portable keyboards, guitars, acoustic and electronic drums, band and orchestral instruments, marching percussion products, synthesizers, professional digital and analog audio equipment, Steinberg recording products and Nexo commercial audio products, as well as AV receivers, amplifiers, Blu-ray/CD players, iPod docking systems, home-theater-in-a-box systems, earphones, headphones, sound bars, and its exclusive line of Digital Sound Projectors. YCA markets innovative, finely crafted technology and entertainment products and musical instruments targeted to the hobbyist, education, worship, professional music, installation and consumer markets.

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