The bell plates are struck with heavy, hammer-shaped mallets made of wood or mallets with a metal core. Depending on its hardness, the mallet head is covered with either leather or felt. The length of the handle is about 30–35 cm, that of the head about 20–27 cm.
To bring the lowest-pitched plates to full vibration, particularly heavy, disc-shaped mallets with a felt wrap are necessary.
Large drumsticks and vibraphone mallets are also used to produce special roll effects.
For other effects, wooden sticks (drumsticks), triangle beaters, double-bass bows and various other beaters are used – there is no limit to the possibilities.