If you are looking for a truly fine conducting baton, you have come to the right place. Each custom baton is individually and carefully hand crafted by Charles Olson, Chris Blount, Steve Thompson or Amy Roisum-Foley. This individual attention to each baton enables us to produce completely unique, customized batons. There are many variables to consider when choosing a baton: length, weight, balance, handle shape, and type of wood are only some aspects that make one baton different from another.
A fine baton should feel balanced in your hand. A properly balanced baton should float horizontally if you balance it on one finger at the point where the shaft meets the handle. If the balance point is not correct, the baton will feel either "tip light" or "tip heavy". In order to balance the weight of the shaft with the weight of the handle, our batons are custom fit with a piece of brass at the base of the handle. If an unusually large handle, or short shaft is desired, the balance point may be correct without the added weight of the brass. If this is the case, the base of the handle is fitted with a light piece of wood or corian. If you would like your baton built with a balance point slightly tip heavy or tip light, please indicate your preference when you place your order, or email Chris Blount directly at email@example.com.
Custom batons are fitted with tapered, fiberglass shafts or lightweight graphite shafts. These shafts are lightweight, durable and will not warp over time. However, if you want an even lighter shaft, custom fitted wood shafts are available. The wood shafts are not guaranteed against breaking or warping, but they are lighter than fiberglass or graphite.
Custom batons are available in lengths from 12" to 16" and can be ordered in 1/4" increments (overall length includes handle). Typically, a baton should compliment your body geometry. Generally speaking, a baton should be approximately the length from the inner base of your forearm to the middle joint of your middle finger. However, if you are directing a very large group, you might want a slightly longer baton. If you are conducting a choir or small ensemble where you are closer to the musicians, you might prefer a slightly shorter baton.
Handle shape is the most customizable aspect of a baton. The length, diameter, and general shape of each handle can be custom designed to fit the individual needs of each director. What shape is best for you? The only way to know what shape will suit you best is to hold one in your hand. Every Custom baton comes with a satisfaction guarantee: "If for any reason you are not completely satisfied with your baton, you may return it within 90 days for a full refund, or exchange it for another baton."