Super ball stick

A super ball stick is made by putting a regular rubber super ball on a long metal or wooden stick. It is simple to make yourself but also possible to buy at percussion stores.

Super ball sticks.

Production

The super ball stick is used to rub along a string or the soundboard. It is necessary to apply considerable pressure to the handle in order to obtain the required sound.

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Super ball on the soundboard.

Sound

The super ball stick produces a "whale"-like drone, both on the sound board and on the strings. On the strings the sound is somewhat more diffused. There is a considerable difference in sound between the gut and the wire strings.

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Super ball stick on gut string.

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Super ball stick on wire string.

Notation

A verbal explanation is required. If the super ball stick is used on the soundboard, the action should be notated between or below the two staves.

Super ball stick.

Range

The whole harp.