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    Most instrumental conductors started off playing an instrument, and most instrumental performers spend at least some time considering their equipment. As a trumpet player, I had many a conversation with teachers and classmates over brands, finishes, options, custom work vs. stock horns, and the big one, mouthpieces. Naturally, the equipment choices of noted professionals are frequently part of those conversations.

    But when it comes to conducting, I have never heard anyone say that a person uses this brand or that handle shape. Is this because conductors recognize the fact that it's a purely personal choice and that there's no one-size-fits-all? Do they refute any other person's choice because they have their own opinion? Do they just not care what they use?

    As someone who has used many different batons and has come to favor certain ones (Mollard S series and the unbreakable Tempo rubber handled one as a backup, and am about to try the Newland Silhouette) while despising others (Mollard E series and any of those oversized cork ones), it makes me curious. Does anybody happen to know what current or past maestros like(d) to use?

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    Wow. Tough crowd.

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    Hi Blanchard

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    This is what just happened to my Mollard Baton. I believe it's a "P" Series. I tapped it a few times on a music stand to keep a steady beat, and it basically exploded. It's too flimsy.

    I did have a chance to try out some of the Newland batons at a PMEA Conference last year. Not only were they beautiful to look at, they were very well-balanced and everyone at the conference was remarking about how much they liked them. They're a bit expensive, but a good investment.

    To be honest, you will not believe what my favorite conducting batons are: The replica wands from the Harry Potter movie series. I know that sounds crazy, but they are the best batons I've ever tried...especially Voldemort's wand! It has a little hook under the bulb of the baton, which is a great place to put your pinky. It's amazingly well-balanced and really makes conducting effortless. A person with some money to spend could really have a field day trying out all the Harry Potter wands and seeing which one suits them best. There are so many! Check them all out here: http://www.noblecollection.com/index...65333c1c107a46

    Hope to hear if you try any of these! (the kids think they are super cool, too)

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    There are a lot of issues with respect to selecting the right baton. I think a lot of it centers around your conducting style and the rest around personal preference.
    On one hand, you have to determine the physical dimensions to be comfortable and make sure that it balances properly for your specific conducting style. On the other hand, you want it to hold up under pressure. Now, if you can be sure that no students will ever have access to it to beat it on the stand or whatever, then the material for the shaft might not be as important to you.
    Old World Baton has traditional standard wood shafts and fiberglass shafts. The interesting thing that Old World Baton does is that the wooden shafts are enamel infused. What this process does is bind the fibers of the wood to minimize the possibility of breakage while still maintaining the resonance of the wood. Shaft replacements are free with return paid postage. fiberglass shafts are virtually unbreakable too. Their batons can be customized to be just the way you like.
    Other brands have some great shafts too. Newland batons have a carbon fiber shaft available that will hold up for years.
    The best thing to do is have a basic idea in mind about what you want and simply contact a baton company like Old World Baton. They can help by giving you ideas to create the baton that is perfect for your needs.

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