The Vic Firth M242 Mallet from the Contemporary Series will hard and will have outstanding clarity and projection. The Vic Firth Contemporary Series Vibraphone Mallets was designed with today's contemporary chamber music in mind. Vic Firth test drove early versions of this series with such groups as So Percussion, Third Coast Percussion, Meehan Perkins Duo and Eighth Blackbird.Vic Firth found the balance with high quality straight rattan to give the player both the flexibility of rattan and the firmness of birch. Tight wound synthetic cord covers a rubber core. This series will only make the difficult challenges of today's music a little easier.