Friction Mallets

We love our craft. all of our friction mallets are the result of our own sound practice - always with the aim of creating the best sound experience for you. The heads of the ollihess gong drivers are made of soft natural caoutchouc, which leaves absolutely no marks on your gong when played. By slightly roughening the head, we have also succeeded in completely eliminating the annoying squeaking. In addition to the standard models, you can also buy very unusual gong mallets in the ollihess store.

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ollihess gong driver Lava Edition - diameter 70mmollihess gong driver Lava Edition - diameter 70mm
ollihess gong driver smooth Lava Edition from natural caoutchoucollihess gong driver smooth Lava Edition from natural caoutchouc
Intense EditionIntense Edition
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Which ollihess gong driver should I buy online?

Basically, the larger the gong, the more options you have for playing it and producing a wide range of tones. Ideally, you should have mallets and rubbers of different sizes - this way you can get the full sound spectrum out of your gong. Note that a small head generally produces higher sounds and a large head produces lower sounds. 

The sound revolution: The sound that can be produced with our gong drivers is difficult to put into words. Rubbing the gong creates a spherical sound that is sometimes reminiscent of whale and dolphin songs or the famous Tibetan mantra "Om" sung by monks. In any case, it is a sound that you have never heard before.

Are you still unsure? If in doubt, we won't leave you on your own when buying the right chime driver: Olli Hess will personally take care of your needs - simply by phone or email. We will give you honest and sound advice and, above all, listen to your wishes and suggestions.

What is special about ollihess gong drivers?

We not only understand and love our craft - we live our products every day. Be it in our own sound practice or in the further development and implementation of new ideas.

Our gong drivers are handmade from carefully selected materials in small factories in Germany. Each ball is cut to the optimum size with great care. The right combination of materials, weight, shape and length of the friction mallet creates an incomparable sound experience. 

We dare to rethink: the friction mallet Crazy Egg and the e-Gong differ significantly from other models in terms of their appearance and shape. They are a real eye-catcher and offer various surfaces for use on the gong. 

That's what makes our gong drivers so special:

  • No squeaking when playing
  • Leave no traces
  • Hand-ground heads
  • Innovative and unusual shapes 
  • Long shelf life
  • Sustainable and regional materials
  • Made in Germany
  • Fair production conditions

Always in balance: head and handle of the friction mallet

You know how important balance is from everyday life - but it also plays a major role in sound practice. The head and style of our gong mallets are perfectly matched in terms of length, shape and weight. Only then will your playing experience be comfortable and the gong can develop its full sound spectrum.

Head of our gong driver: Playing without tracks and squeaking

You may have already noticed how important the right material of the reamer head is in your own practice: not only does it have a significant influence on the sound - a poor quality reamer head can also leave marks on your gong that are often difficult to remove. 

We can promise you: This will certainly not happen to you with an ollihess gong driver. The heads of our gong mallets are made of natural caoutchouc, a relatively soft material. They are precision-ground by hand to the right size and then roughened. This not only guarantees that no marks are left on your instrument - the shape and material composition also ensure that there is no annoying squeaking when rubbing.

Sustainable and fair production

The feeling of holding a particularly high-quality and, above all, sustainable product in your hand has a huge impact on your own practice. For us, treating our environment responsibly is far more than just a promise: We only use regional and sustainable materials in the manufacture of ollihess gong grinders. In the production process, too, we always focus on fair conditions and a personal relationship with our partners. 

Difference between gong drivers and mallets

You have probably already noticed that gong mallets and gong drivers differ not only in their appearance, but also in their sound. This is mainly due to the different application. A gong mallet is rubbed against a gong, whereas a gong mallet is used to strike a gong. Rubbing can produce intense vibrations that last for a long time and - depending on which surface of the gong you use it on - elicit very different sounds.

You can find out more about the properties of a gong mallet and the differences to a gong driver here.

ollihess gong driver for singing bowls

You can use many gong drivers just as well when playing singing bowls : For example, the Lava Edition 30 gong driver and the Crazy Egg gong driver are ideal for use with a singing bowl.

The right size and design for your singing bowl will again depend on the size of your sound instrument and your personal needs and preferences. 

As a general rule, the bigger your singing bowl, the bigger the grater you choose should be. You can find more tips and our recommendations for using gong graters at singing bowls in the detailed descriptions of our products.

Take a look at our accessories for gongs - there you will find practical things for playing the gong.