Zildjian Acquires Mike Balter Mallets

Craigie Zildjian
The Avedis Zildjian Company has announced it is acquiring the Mike Balter Mallet Company, which is the world’s largest percussion mallet manufacturer.

“We’ve long respected Mike as a first call percussionist and drummer who founded his own business to address a void in the marketplace, and grew his company to become the leading maker of mallets worldwide,” says CEO Craigie Zildjian.  “Over the past 40 years, Mike has developed the broadest selection of mallets in the industry, including signature series models for such renowned artists as Louie Bellson, Joe Locke, Tony Miceli, Christos Rafalides, Keiko Kotoku, and Emil Richards. We look forward to bringing the Mike Balter brand into the Zildjian family and continuing its legacy of innovation.”

“I have built my company on two major attributes – quality products and great customer service,” adds Mike Balter.  “In addition, I have always taken personal pride in providing the player with a full palette of musical colors. The Avedis Zildjian Company stands for the same commitment to quality, customer service, and their own unique palette of musical sounds.  So, I am extremely honoured that the Mike Balter name will become part of the Zildjian Family.”

The transaction includes Zildjian taking over sales and marketing of the Balter brand and will also see the manufacturing of Balter mallets move from Prospect Heights, IL to the Vic Firth factory in Newport, ME.

For more information, contact Avedis Zildjian Company: 800-229-1623,

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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