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The kids love playing it and the conductors have definitely started to realise the potential of it - at first several of the conductors were a bit skeptical but I got a message from our Convenor the other day that it was fantastic.
We had the MalletKAT at home the other weekend as my daughter (who came in to the shop with me) was asked to play the xylo part for Hagrid's theme (Harry Potter of course). I managed to force my two off it for about 5 minutes so that I could have a go. Great fun!

I discovered the Malletkat in 2010 after having played diatonic marimbas for 5 years. The Malletkat was just what I was after, to challenge me more and teach me a chromatic instrument. I love the versatility of the Malletkat, which I play in combination with a sound module, iPad apps and a loop station, to enable me to create my own pieces on the fly.
I was very pleased to hear that Optimum Percussion started to represent Alternate Mode's Malletkat in Australia a couple of years after I purchased my Malletkat from the US, as dealing with someone in Australia was a lot easier for me. Optimum has been fantastic to deal with, especially when I needed some work done on the Malletkat in 2013.
I have used the Malletkat in a couple of musical projects I was involved with, including a project where I split the keyboard and 2 of us played a different sound on 2 octaves each (I own a 4 octave Malletkat Grand), but at the moment I just use it for my own project, Katalytic. I love the fact that I can be my own band and can rehearse at any time that suits me, create new music and break new barriers! I would highly recommend this incredibly versatile instrument to anyone and would recommend Optimum Percussion as the people to deal with.
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