Birch is among the most sought-after wood in the manufacture of speaker cabinets. Birch has a natural resonance that peaks in the high and low frequencies, which are also the hardest for speakers to reproduce. This resonance compensates for the roll-off of low and high frequencies in the speakers, and evens the tone. Birch is known for having "natural EQ".
Birch drums have a natural boost in the high and low frequencies, which allows the drums to sound fuller.
These attributions makes the birch a perfect marimba mallet shaft material.
Who do we recommend to the birch marimba mallets?
It is dedicated primarily to those who expect a traditional, common sense of play from marimba mallets. Anyone who's ever used Ashkatan marimba mallets, knows what it's like to have an "Ashkatan feeling". The maple that we use is flexible, and with a hairline (0.3 mm) ) thicker than commonly used shafts. Therefore, it gives you an extra boost that makes the play unique.
The feeling of the birch is more "standardised", because most commonly used marimba mallets are made of this material. It was just because of the general use and the sense of playing that we decided to use birch, too. We've been looking for the right source for months, and we've tried countless materials before we've found the best possible American Birch for the new Ashkatan mallets.
Of course, the maple handles continue to be one of the secrets of the Ashkatan play-feeling, so no one has to be afraid of taking the maple handles out of traffic. From now on, we'll use both materials equally.