MALLETS FOR SALE
MALLETS FOR SALE
In order to capitalise on the depth, variety and intensity of sound created by your gong you will need a variety of mallets. We stock a number of mallets including friction mallets (flummies / e-wands and eggs) from leading manufacturers such as Paiste, Ollihess and Rohema. If we do not have the item you seek in stock, we are happy to place an order for you.
The choice of mallet, when, and where to play is what makes every gong experience unique. Having a variety of tools to do so will add interest and impact to your performances. Here is a short description of the mallets we stock at Red Doors.
Tremello - A pair of small soft mallets on wooden sticks allows you to make delicate rolls and play ties easily all over the surface of the gong.
Paiste Mallets - These are the industry standard for gongs and I usually play two handed using mallets of different sizes such as 3 and 5, 2 and 4, 4 and 6. They are made of a heavy plastic core surrounded by felt and cloth covered by synthetic lambswool with an aluminium handle. The larger the mallet the deeper the sound.
Recommended sizes of mallets for gongs are:
M1 = 20”; M2 = 20-22”; M3 = 22-24”; M4 = 28”; M5 = 26-32”; M6 = 32-38”
Ollihess mallets - Have a softer outer fleece cover and are generally a bit lighter in weight than the Paiste. They also have a wooden handle that is a bit thicker in diameter than the Paiste therefore good for people with larger hands. The lighter weight allows you to pull more varied delicate sounds from the gong.
Recommended sizes of mallets for gongs are: M70 = (16-80” gong) sold as a pair, S186 = (20-80” gong) equivalent to Paiste M1, M355 = (28 inch plus gong) equivalent to Paste M4 and M5, L460 = (32 inch plus gong) equivalent to Paiste M6.
E-Wand - A friction mallet that is more durable than normal super ball mallets and is very easy to use to achieve loud and soft sounds that are quite spacey and dolphin like. WIth care, can retain its rubber surface indefinitely. See instructions for use below.
Rubber Ball Friction Mallets - A Red Doors exclusive. Made specifically for us in the USA from fantastic rubber balls that retain their rub connected by a flexible coated wire. They sell out fast so do not delay. See instructions for use below.
Important E- Wand Instructions:
1. Hold the wand not tight, not loose between your thumb and forefinger with the eye of the "e" facing away from you.
2. Place the curve of the head (the part that is above the eye of the 'e') against the back of your Paiste Gong (or either side of Chinese Gong) and drag in the same way as a normal superball mallet (Brits call it a "flumi.")
3. Holding the handle lower and higher will alter the pitch. PLEASE READ THAT AGAIN. IT IS A USEFUL NOTE.
4. Keep the head of the eGong Wand clean.
Cleaning is very simple. Just hold the head of the eGong Wand under a tap and rinse with a slow flow of cold or warm water for about 10 seconds twisting the head from side to side and then just leave it to dry naturally.
* Please use on the BACK of Paiste Brilliant Gongs.
Rubber Ball Friction Mallet Tips
For best vibration we suggest holding the cable so your fingers are 1/2-3/4” below the large ball and 3/4 - 1” below the small ball.
Keep the ball clean and you may wash it with mild soap and water.
For soothing sounds rub the ball gently across the surface of the gong, and for more intense sounds rub with more pressure.
Bend the cable so both balls rub at the same time.
Tapping the gong with the balls produces various tones, shades of timbre and overtones.