We say that mallets are everything. There are so many ways to activate your gongs that demonstrate respect for this amazing instrument. Activate it as though you and the gong are in a mutual dance of love and attraction. Gongs will sound differently depending on the environment they are in, the mallets that you use, and the quality of the relationship between you and your gongs.
Paiste mallets come in many sizes designed to optimize the sound quality of each gong. There are also many specialty mallets that can be used to play the rims or to coax unique sound qualities from your gongs.