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Superball Friction Mallets

2 Friction Mallet (FM) Sizes: Large & Medium

Friction Mallets for Paiste Gongs & Chinese Gongs & Tam Tams

 Firction Mallets Friction Mallets Friction Mallets Friction Mallets Friction Mallets FM Glossy Friction Mallets matted eyeballs  

Price includes shipping to all U.S. states

Selection: Large & X-Large Friction Mallets

Note: The colors of the mallets in the photos are a good representation of the mallets in stock, but the color or color combination may vary somewhat from what is shown in the photos.

Description: Each Friction Mallet has two Superballs of different sizes attached to a plastic coated cable - double the pleasure! The larger ball produces a lower pitch and the smaller ball produces a higher pitch.  Together they produce a range of pitches, tones & effects.  The colorful balls & the "eyeballs" in the photos are the ones for Paiste & Meinl gongs. The black & earth-tone colored balls are best on Chinese gongs.


"The greatest Friction Mallets, ever!!!" Wayne Marto, Beneficial Sound

"When I first received my gong from ArtDrum.com I had some basic mallets, but when I received my custom Rubber Ball Mallets from them, that's when things really changed. The sounds they make are absolutely wonderful and my clients always have amazing experiences. I'm very happy with the service and products and highly recommend them!


"Ricky Goodall", Nova Scotia, Canada, Professional Lifestyle Coach, Elevated Lifestyle

Sizes (Large & X-Large):

Large FM: has a large ball on one end & smaller ball on other end  

X-Large FM: has an X-large ball on one end & smaller ball on other end.  The X-large ball gives the lowest pitch of all the balls.

  • The larger the ball the lower the pitch; the smaller the ball the higher the pitch

  • Both sizes work great on gongs that are 15" and larger

Two Textures: Friction mallets come in glossy texture & matted texture.  The glossy are best for Chinese gongs, such as Sabian Chinese Gongs or Wuhan Chau Gongs (aka Tam Tams), Wind Gongs (aka Feng Gongs), Pasi Gongs, Tiger Gongs, Dream Gongs, Tibetan Gongs, large singing bowls, cymbals, and drums heads such as on bodhrans & frame drums, congas & more.  The matted texture (the colorful balls & the eyeballs in the photos) are the ones for Paiste Gongs & Meinl Gongs.  (They also work well on all the instruments that the glossy balls work on. So, matted balls are more versatile than glossy.)

Ways to Use Friction Mallets: Hold the cable just beneath the ball.  You fingers can give rest under & touch the ball.  This gives you the most control.  Press and rub one or both Superballs against the face of the gong.  Note, holding the cable closer to the Superball tends to give the player more control over the Superball.  Also, tapping or bouncing one or both Superballs upon the gong enables the Superball to function, more or less, as a traditional mallet.  Since the cable is flexible you can get creative; i.e., play with the timing of the strikes, such as by letting one ball strike a split second after the first ball; or letting them both bounce freely and spontaneously.  You can even rub and tap together; that is, tap one ball against the gong while rubbing the other ball.

Delivery: USPS, typically arrives in 2 - 5 business days in the U.S.

Price includes shipping to all U.S. states

Selection: Large & Large Friction Mallets