General comparison of Olli Hess mallets to Paiste mallets:
Olli Hess mallets are similar to Paiste mallets and are great to use on your Paiste or Meinl gong. The Olli Hess L335 can be likened to the Paiste M4/M5. While the obvious difference are the fabrics on the heads, the Olli Hess handle is wood and the Paiste is a metal tube, there are some subtle differences.
The mallets are similar in total weight, yet they feel different when you hold them. The Paiste mallet has more of a balanced weight from top to bottom, while the Olli Hess with its shorter slightly thicker handle can feel more sturdy in your hand. The Olli Hess gives you great quick response for gentle playing or rolling two mallets on the gong. An extra benefit to the taper at the bottom is that your hand, if it slips, knows where the bottom of handle is.
Another minor difference: the Paiste mallets have a rope at the bottom for hanging, while the Olli Hess mallets come in there own cotton drawstring bag.
355 g / 12 oz Total Length:
38 cm / 15 in Handle Diameter:
2 cm / .86 in Handle Length:
30 cm / 11.5 in Mallet Head Diameter:
10 cm / 4 in Mallet Head Height:
9 cm / 3.5 in Material: Beech biologically waxed / Fleece
See this size Olli Hess mallet played on a 40 inch gong!