Sweet, Soft, Wonderful Paiste Gong Mallet! Who needs thee?
Rising Hot Kundalini Gongers, Orchestral Manueverers in the Dark, Holistic Sound Healers all Play Paiste Gongs and predominantly prefer Paiste Mallets.
Paiste's SUGGESTED mallet assignments are listed in each page.(However, individuals may find they prefer different Paiste Mallets for their specific playing.)From PAISTE on their Mallets:
"The Sound of the Gong with respect to the Mallet
The sound and reaction of the Gong are determined by the size, weight and the material the mallet is made of. The mallets listed in the mallet section, are in accordance with the proper requirements. If you will use other mallets or tools, please make sure that the materials used are not too hard or sharp in order to avoid damaging or dis-tuning the Gong.
However, it is quite possible you may be able to create interesting and fascinating sounds through the use of various materials and objects while utilizing appropriate care. Paiste mallets are manufactured to Paiste’s specifications, standards for top quality and durability."
The sound and tone drawn from each Paiste gong is based on the size, material and weight of the mallet used. Though sharper and harder materials may damage the gong, SO BE CAREFUL, many unique sound can be pulled from a Paiste with proper use of various materials.