Luft Mallets is a shop of one. All products are made from start to finish by me.
Initially, I made bamboo mallets for myself during high school days, hunting down bamboo at floral shops and landscaping supply companies during the Summer time. Eventually making mallets for friends and teachers over the years. While studying at Carnegie Mellon I found it difficult to get mallets that matched what my teacher, Timothy Adams, had in his stick case. These were given to him by Mr. Duff. The mallets my classmates and I were getting from Adams(Holland/Smith) were totally different, utilizing knotless bamboo and the quality varied wildly from pair to pair so we'd never know what to expect. I slowly (very slowly) experimented with making my own whenever I'd go back home to Florida during the summer time when not attending music festivals.
Thinking back now I believe my years as an usher at Heinz Hall were invaluable in helping me understanding how different mallets affected the sound of the drums as well as the ensemble. Over four years working there I saw the Pittsburgh Symphony play over 400 concerts, in addition to rehearsals. Tim was always very generous with his time and was constantly experimenting with different mallets from concert to concert . This really helped get my brain thinking more about mallet options, but wasn't something I would explore until years later when I actually had more time.
The amount of mallets I produce has steadily risen over the past twenty years and I'm doing my best to keep up with demand. I didn't set out to start a company. I am genuinely interested in making things, it just took me a long time to realize this. I enjoy making highest quality products I possibly can and I hope they help you achieve your goals both musically and professionally.