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Using Mallets With Your Singing Bowls

Premium quality singing bowls have two, three or even four main tones as well as other subtle sounds. You can bring out these different sounds by using different ringing instruments and techniques. Choice of singing bowl mallets and striker tools are an important part of the sound you hear and I’ve put a lot of attention to them.

Mallets allow you to listen to the subtle sounds. Once you get to know a singing bowl you can strike it at regular intervals to bring out one or another major tone. Of course big mallets can bring out powerful sounds from a large singing bowl. Mallets also allow you to ring an array of singing bowls rather than one at a time like ringing sticks. I like to have a few different mallets on hand to ring groups of singing bowls in quick succession. The long handles on the professional mallets allow you to ring singing bowls at a distance.

Nepali Felt Mallets

Nepali Mallet
Most people who sell singing bowls sell mallets from Asia. These mallets are best for whacking a medium and larger bowls and getting out the big sounds. They are relatively soft and so they go well with deep bowls. Big mallets lend themselves to getting a rhythm going. The mallets made in Nepal do a very good job on Jambati singing bowls and the larger Thadobati provided what you are aiming for is the fundamental (deepest) tone. The wide striking surface of these singing bowl mallets helps transfer more of the energy from the mallet into the bowl.

Nepali mallets are significantly less expensive than the American ones despite being much larger. They can vary some in hardness, size, shape, even handle length. We carry five sizes of Nepali mallets which cover the range of singing bowl sizes. The smallest one we have made specially for Best Singing Bowls. Buy Nepali Mallets

Imported All Purpose Mallet

Small and light bowls require a mallet light enough to bring out sound yet small enough not to push the bowl around. Our exclusive all purpose mallets are a fine inexpensive option. The singing bowl striker is on the medium to hard side Small All Purpose Malletso it plays bowls brightly, both primary tone and overtones. We have two sizes of these mallets, one for very small bowls and one for slightly larger ones.  The proper size is listed under recommended accessories for each bowl. When you order we make sure the right size is selected, and will adjust if needed Buy all purpose mallet: small  medium

Precision American Made Mallets

 

The venerable Musser company stopped making the Tibetan singing bowl mallets we sold for many years back in 2015. Musser MalletIn their place we developed our own Best Singing Bowls mallets. The is the first and only line of precision mallets developed specifically to take advantage of the unique characteristics of singing bowls.  Our high quality mallets are made in the USA to exacting standards of consistency. We went through quite a development process to put together our set, dozens of samples from multiple manufacturers. in the end we could not buy the off-the-shelf offerings to get the exact performance we were looking for.   Our mallets are unique and exclusive.

Best Singing Bowls mallets

10 Mallet Set

Best Singing Bowls Precision MalletsThe Best Singing Bowls mallet series add a whole other dimension to the experience of listening to singing bowls. Every singing bowl has a rich and varied soundscape waiting to be revealed. Our precision mallets are designed to bring out this full potential in a way a stick or basic tapper simply cannot.

Singing bowls have a fundamental tone, their place in the sound spectrum. Matching a Tibetan singing bowl mallet to this sweet spot is the best way to bring out the full native power of a bowl.

Singing bowls are not just one note, they all have many overtones. By selecting mallets above and below the native tone of a bowl we get to hear something very different from the same bowl. The way the mallets do this is by dampening some frequencies and exciting others.

The Best Singing Bowls mallet series has four mallets for smaller bowls and five for larger. If you listen closely you will be able to hear these four or five different soundscapes from any singing bowl. The mallets for smaller bowls are tuned a little higher than those for larger ones so the series has nine distinct tones.

Mallets designed for larger bowls have larger heads and a slightly oval shape for greater contact area. Smaller singing bowl striker tools are lighter and shaped for more easily making contact in a small area.

The performance of a mallet is a combination of the hardness of the underlying rubber and the nature of the covering material. We use softer natural wools for the lower notes and larger bowls, with cord and acrylic for higher tones and smaller bowls. Some mallets are blends of fibers, some have more layers of yarn than others.

The handles are an important part of how a mallet interacts with a bowl. Our handles are designed for the proper length, long enough for easy play without the excessive length of xylophone and marimba mallets. Proper length means you can play a single bowl easily in your hand or reach a group of bowls for a sequence of sounds. The material of the handles is important, flexible rattan for larger bowls and stiffer birch for smaller sizes.

One of the most important features of our precision mallets is the minimization of what musicians call “attack” which is the harsh sound made by contact when the bowl is struck. You can really hear attack if you strike a bowl with a ringing stick.  Our mallets have been designed to generate a minimum of attack while still allowing the transfer of energy from your hand to the bowl.  The combination of the shape of the head, materials used, flexibility in the handle and the core technology underneath it all is what provides this premium performance

In designing our new line we wanted to make picking up the right mallet intuitive so we matched the spectrum of sound to the spectrum of the rainbow. High tone mallets are colored high frequency red while low tone mallets are colored a cool blue. The mallets are also labeled with the tones they are designed for and numbered 1 to 9, low to high. Buy the ultimate singing bowl mallet set

Best Singing Bowls Mallets for small to midsize bowls S3 S5 S7 S9

Our small precision mallets have small lightweight heads and stiff natural birch wood handles. The range in Best Singing Bowls small mallettone from low to very high (hardness from soft to hard). The deepest tone mallet is the S3 with deep blue pure  wool yarn. The materials change on the S5  shown to the right, bright blue for a somewhat higher tone. The S7 mallet is tuned to the middle and upper parts of the upper parts of the 4th octave. It is colored bright yellow, to indicate its higher tone.  The highest tone small mallet is for 5th octave play and overtones, it is colored hot red and uses tightly wound cord. Keep in mind your singing bowl has a varied soundscape. Even if it is a lower tone bowl using a higher tone mallet will provide a different sonic experience.  Any bowl will benefit from more than one percision mallet.

Nothing beats these small mallets for delivering the kind of firm gentle tap you need for ringing petite bowls. For really tiny Manipuri singing bowls a light tap with the hardest cord mallet is often the way to get the most sound out. Smaller Thadobati singing bowls with rounded bottoms are also perfect, again because you can get the sound out without pushing the bowl around. These mallets are versatile and can be used on bowls up to about 6 inches. The long birch handle on these mallets give you the ability to be in a comfortable position and reach out to the bowl.

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Best Singing Bowls Mallets for midsize to large bowls L2 L4 L6 L8

Best Singing Bowls large malletBest precision large mallets have larger heavier heads and more flexible natural rattan handles. They range in tone from very low to high (hardness from soft to hard). The extra mass allows you to strike the singing bowl harder with good effect and less of what musicians call “attack”, the compressed soundwave caused by the initial contact with the bowl. The long rattan handle on these mallets gives you the ability to be in a comfortable position and reach out to the bowl. These sound bowl mallets can be used on all bowls over about 5 inches.

The highest tone mallet in the series is L8 which has a mixture of yarns and is colored a hot red.  It is spectacular at playing the upper registers of large thick bowls, especially effective for the sharp highs on thick Mani and Thadobati.  The L6 shown to the left is the most popular in the large series, higher tones but not the top of the range. It is colored green following ROYGBIV down the color scale. The blue L4 is toned a bit deeper, good in the third octave. The lowest tone mallet in the series the grey L2 has a larger head and pure wool construction for the deepest Thadobati and Manipuri bowls along with some Jambati style..

 

Best Singing Bowls Super Low Tone Mallets for the largest bowls

Best Extra Large Mallet
In order to play the deepest tones from a bowl special construction is required. When playing the bottom of the soundscape, especially in a large bowl you have a dynamic tension between bringing out the deep tone and bringing out the most sound.  For the deepest tone The XL 1 pictured to the right is uniquely engineered for dampening all but the fundamental tone of a low tone bowl. It is incredibly soft, even spongy and covered with a loosely would very soft pure wool. It is colored black, as deep ass you can go. When playing with this mallet volume is limited. It is an inevitable trade-off for being able to focus so directly on a deep fundamental. The mallet is large enough for even the biggest singing bowls.  It only works best on bowls, say over 10 inches in general and as “small” as 8 inches if the bowl is in the second octave. The handle is a bit longer to accommodate the larger sizes of the bowls it is designed for.   Buy the XL 1

Best Large Felt Mallet

Our other specialty sound bowl mallet for deepest tone play is the L1 pictured to the right. It is a large fluffy white mallet made of layers of felt. It has a thick contoured wooden handle. Despite the name it is larger and heavier and therefore can deliver more power to a big deep bowl. This is the mallet to use for maximum deep tone volume.  Buy the L 1

Both of these mallets are different from the Nepali felt mallets which come in various sizes including the huge N88. All of those mallets are constructed in such a way that you get the bass but also some part of the higher level notes.

 

Wood and Leather/Suede Ringing Sticks and Mallets for Singing Bowls

ringing stick

One of the things that sets the quality you’ll see on this website apart is the range of tones in each singing bowl. Choice of mallets and sticks are an important part of the sound you hear and I’ve put a lot of attention to them.

If you want to hear your singing bowls wail then ringing sticks are the way to go. When you use a ringing stick try to keep your wrist in one position and move your arm around the singing bowl. This gives you the ability to maintain the same angle of contact all the way around the rim. Even pressure is important so you maintain contact with the edge of the singing bowl. Angle and consistency of contact is key with ringing sticks – especially with high-end large singing bowls. With multi tonal Jambati singing bowls changing the angle of the ringing stick allows you to bring out different tones. A vertical angle (perpendicular to the side of the singing bowl) will bring out the low tones while tipping the stick towards horizontal will ring the singing bowl high.
ringing stickringing stick
The material in a ringing stick makes a big difference. Wood sticks are best for bringing out the high tones, leather is best for low tones. A lot of people sell felt sticks but I find them hard to use on most singing bowls and have declined to sell them [sorry, vegans]. The type of wood is also important. The Nepalese sticks are made of a hard wood which can be unforgiving in an inexperienced hand. In other words they can bounce off the singing bowl easily and you end up hearing a squeal. I try to buy the softest of the hard Nepalese wood (I reject sticks made of heartwood). These sticks are good but they are not optimal. I’ve been experimenting with different woods (Mitch Nur swears by Aspen) and at some point I hope to offer an alternative wood stick.

The size of a ringing stick should be in proportion to the size of the singing bowl. Tiny singing bowls really need a tiny stick for the best play. Interestingly, when I got to Nepal I found that the largest sticks were (in my opinion) too small for the biggest singing bowls and so I had a larger size made especially for me.

One thing I really like about the thick Mani singing bowls is that you don’t have to go all the way around the rim to get out the full sound. A quick back and forth motion with wood quickly brings up the tones in these bowls. Occasionally a very thick Thalobati or Jambati singing bowl will play this way. When I can, I use this method in sound clips.

You’ll notice that I don’t sell sticks with carvings and Buddha heads (not sure he likes to sit above a piece of leather, anyway), instead, mine are neatly cut off at the top. This is on purpose, contact near the end of the stick is best for ringing and the ornamentation gets in the way of good playing. There is a bit of decorative flair in the middle of the sticks where it won’t get in the way.

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Tapping a singing bowl with a ringing stick can be used as an alternative to a sound bowl mallet. You have a lot less control with a stick and really no choice of hardnesses. I’m not a fan.

Frank Perry hand turned heritage wood wands

Frank Perry has one of the oldest and largest antique Frank Perry Wandssinging bowl collections in the United Kingdom. Frank is a master at bringing out individual tones from bowls. One of his secrets are the many different wands he makes using a wide variety of woods. Frank is a craftsman, he starts with wood blanks and hand turns pieces on a lathe at his home in the south of England. These are beautiful exquisitely finished pieces each with his signature top pictured to the left.

Over the years Frank Perry has experimented with all kinds of wood, from odd pieces scavenged from fallen branches to fine woods imported from around the world. Best singing bowls has a selected a variety of woods in two sizes that can bring out the full range of sounds from the rather diverse universe of singing bowls. One thing to keep in mind about the wands or any around the rim ringing implement is that the interaction with the bowl is a complex one. A bowl will ring great with one wood and not well at all with another. Still wands and bowls have general characteristics which are listed below.

All the woods we sell are certified sustainably harvested in the UK and are not endangered or threatened species. This is important, as even a relative splinter like these wands are can contribute to ecological degradation and human suffering if they come from over harvested or poached trees.

The wands come in two sizes, tiny and “massive”. The tiny wands are only six inches long and no more than half an inch in diameter – but they are very powerful. Unlike the Nepali ringing sticks one of Frank’s tiny wands can bring incredible sounds out of the largest singing bowl. The massive wands, 15 to 30 times the weight of the tiny ones, are easy to use. Their weight naturally presses against the rim, and they are best for larger bowls, 6 inches and above.

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The Woods:Frank Perry Wands

Sacred Yew – All over England you will see Yew planted by the old churches surrounded by headstones – and even around pre-Christian sites. The wands have a creamy color with a light grain. Yew is a soft, relatively light and flexible wood. These characteristics give it the ability to play the deeper tones in singing bowls. The softness and flexibility of yew allows this wand to play rougher edges quietly. We offer Yew in both mini and massive sizes.

Purple Amaranth – comes from Central and South America. The wood is dense but flexible and also on the dry side so the finish is “rough” which gives the wand a better grip, especially for bowls with a very smooth edge. Amaranth is the most versatile of the mini wands. On bowls with a rough edge Amaranth can be a bit noisy.

Tulipwood – is a beautifully colored rosewood from a small tree native to northeastern Brazil.. The wood is dense with moderate hardness. Tulipwood can sometimes ring bowls that do not respond to very hard or very soft wands.

Kingwood – is a dense, strong and hard wood that grows in Mexico and Brazil. It is the second hardest wood we sell, not quite as hard as ebony and sometimes will ring a lower overtone than ebony does on the same bowl. Kingwood wands are smooth with a rich brown wood and dark contrasting grain.

Ebony – is a hard, dense and very stiff wood that can be polished to a very smooth finish. These characteristics give ebony the ability to tease out the highest sounds from a wide range of singing bowls. The wood is black with occasional hints of dark brown and is heavy in your hand. True Ebony comes from equatorial West Africa and is an over exploited and endangered species. The ebony we use is technically “African blackwood” from central and southern Africa. This wood is not listed as endangered by either of the worldwide wood sustainability indices CITES or IUCN. For singing bowls African blackwood is actually better than true ebony, it is denser and harder which makes it better for teasing out the very highest of tones.

Vermilion – has a warm reddish color, hence the same name as the deep red pigment made from cinnabar, an alloy of mercury. Also known as “Paduk” it comes from West Africa. The wood is a hard and dense wood with moderate flexibility. These characteristics give it the ability to tease out sound, especially higher tones, from a wide range of singing bowls. Vermillion is the most versatile of the massive size wands.

Zebra wood – or “Zebrano” is a deeply striped wood from West Africa. It is a hard, dense and inflexible. These characteristics make it best for teasing out the higher tones from singing bowls. The smooth finish of Zebrano wands also helps with those high notes. Zebra wood comes from West Africa. It is not an endangered or threatened species.

Best for low tones – Sacred Yew
Best for high tones – Kingwood, Ebony and Zebra.
Best for tough to play bowls – Purple Amaranth
Versatile wands for many bowls – Tulipwood and Vermillion

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06:08 12 Jun 24
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My entire experience was so seamless. The website is so flexible and easy to navigate. For anyone looking to build a bowl collection, this is the right place to go. I highly recommend reaching out to Ryan. He was so helpful and supportive in guiding me and making sure I make the right decisions. His suggestions were spot on and Im glad I trusted him!! The shipping and tracking was really great as well. The bowls were well packaged when shipped to me. I got an email with the tracking info and Ryan was a great communicator during this phase as well. In the end, I am very happy with the set I acquired.
Zachary NewtonZachary Newton
16:32 14 Mar 24
You are in excellent hands here with Ryan if you are just embarking on your singing bowl journey.I came knowing I wanted a deep resonant bowl or two when I initially reached out. This began a months' long dialogue with Ryan, who was nothing but patient and generous with his time, sending me recordings of additional bowls not on the website and answering my many questions. Over this period, I spent hours listening to dozens of bowls, beginning to figure out what resonated most with me and expanding my search from there. I ended up putting together a small set. When I found a few bowls I was pretty sure I wanted to be the core of this set, Ryan offered to put them on hold for me while I spent some more time listening to additional bowls. So whether you know exactly what you want, or you just have a vague inclination and see yourself at the beginning of a journey--like I was--you have come to a good place.When I finally made up my mind and ordered my bowls, they arrived impeccably packed and already sounding familiar after having spent months listening to their recordings. I have been very happy with them. In the months since, I have spent many hours playing them, and have even added a couple more. I am still on that Journey I began a year ago, and I continue to value the care and patience that Ryan puts into his work as a guide along my path.
Philip MartinPhilip Martin
23:15 08 Mar 24
I heard about singing bowls many years ago but stored their existence in memory. I recently heard what they sounded like on a recording, which piqued my interest. I began looking into where I could obtain some of these bowls and found many options on the internet. I decided on Best Singing Bowls. The website has many different bowls that allow searching for specific notes, octaves, types of bowls, and much more. The website has an image of the bowl and two soundtracks that let you hear what the bowl sounds like. I found this very helpful and received help from Best Singing Bowls on how to play the bowls, the types of ringers and mallets, and the bowl's history. I asked many questions because I knew little about singing bowls. Delivery of the orders came exceptionally fast. I will look to Best Singing Bowls for future additions and ask for the promptly answered guidance I found immeasurably helpful. I found the entire experience very straightforward and seamless. The website has a vast amount of information on the many tabs related to singing bowls.
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03:56 12 Feb 24
This was the best shopping experience I have ever had online. Ryan has provided an exceptional customer service. He replied to all my questions timely and his suggestions helped me to find the perfect addition to my set. I am very satisfied with the quality and the sound of my newly acquired ancient singing bowls. I received them within a few days of the purchase. Thank you, Ryan!
Jim ManganiJim Mangani
13:32 14 Dec 23
Ryan provides outstanding customer service, quality bowls, and every accessory you might need at highly competitive prices. I've purchased his precision mallet set which is a must for anybody serious about getting the most out of their instruments, in addition to a number of other accessories. I recently purchased a large jambati and Ryan answered all my questions quickly and courteously. He has always shipped items quickly and is a man of his word. You can feel confident doing business with him. On top of this, he has one of the best websites in the business for sorting through his expansive inventory. If you're considering buying anything from him, you should not hesitate!
“Best Singing Bowls is absolutely the right name for Ryan’s collection! It’s been many occasions for many years now that I have not only found bowls with beautiful sounds and energy in Ryan’s collection - but also the kind of bowls that you know the instant you ring them that they are special - unique - with a sound and a power beyond normal understanding. That’s the beauty and the magic of singing bowls. And on top of that Ryan is the best to guide you - always withimmediate precise response and he provides a fast and secure shipment. I can highly recommend Ryan and Best Singing Bowls.” - Shanti inga
Mojca StudenMojca Studen
07:03 22 Nov 23
The very experience of choosing the singing bowls was a pleasure; not only are the audio recordings of the bowls extremely high quality, the collector Ryan himself kindly offered to help me a lot in choosing the right bowls.The shipment arrived quickly, even across the Atlantic.I am absolutely delighted with the singing bowls I bought! The richness of sound and resonances is extraordinary. And all this for a fairly affordable price.Ryan thank you!
Laurie LowenLaurie Lowen
12:29 03 Nov 23
Ryan will answer every question that you have honestly and knowledgeably.He has gathered the best and largest collection of antique Tibetan Singing Bowls in the world.He has a huge inventory that is all cataloged with musical chakra note(s), vibration in hertz, condition, decoration, inscription and includes actual sound for you to listen to the bowl being used with a beater and with a wand. He has tons of wands and beaters to choose from, including those handmade by Frank Perry the world’s leading authority on Himalayan bowls in England.I started with one bowl and was so happy with it and what it did for my life, that over the past two years, I now have six bowls that I have gotten from Ryan. I love every single bowl and play them all every day just for me.These Tibetan bowls are way more powerful than the crystal bowls that are in vogue. Crystal bowls are machine made and have no history. The bowls that Ryan collects and sells are full of old wisdom and energy and years of use. If you listen while you play one, you will receive information and understanding and they will actually tell you how to play them and talk to you. I am a shamanic drum practitioner for the last 30 years and these are one of the best tools in addition to drums for healing that I have ever used. If you are ready to open yourself and receive healing and peace….get one of these bowls. I can guarantee you this as that has happened to me. You will find there is one there that is calling you. Blessings to whoever reads this🙏
Lisa BushmanLisa Bushman
21:26 17 Jan 23
Ryan has helped me develop a set of singing bowls for my sound studio in OH. He has a large selection of bowls and they have great sound quality. Love working with him!
at01musicat01music
19:22 28 Nov 22
I have been collecting antique singing bowls for over 10 years and just recently discovered Best Singing Bowls’ online store. In a short time, it has become my go-to for finding new bowls that add interest to my singing bowl arrangements. BSB’s inventory is quite large and includes types of antique bronze bowls with different geometries and thicknesses I haven’t seen or listened to before.At first, I was drawn just to familiar jambati and thadobati bowls, but after exploring other possibilities I have become a fan of the otherly-appearing trapezoid bowl. The first one I selected sounds cold as steel and reminds me of the clang of a temple bell I heard every day I was in Varanasi 24 years ago. Another small trapezoid I found has a tone similar to its thadobati companions and contributes a well-tuned 5th octave G#, the new crowning high note of my bowl set.My singing bowl experience has also been enlivened by the Best Singing Bowls Precision Mallet sets. The weights and hardness’s of the mallet heads are designed to produce varying tone colors for small, medium and large bowls. The length and balance of the stick handles make it easier for me to reach bowls and strike them accurately in a timely way with less effort than before. They are fun to use and have mostly replaced my use of other strikers. I love to play the bowls and listen to their tones and harmonics interacting to create kaleidoscopic, resonant patterns that gradually fade away into silence when playing stops. For me, it is an exquisite and deeply comforting sound (and no sound) experience.As others mention, the sound recordings and detailed physical descriptions on the website make it easy to compare bowls and select one that best suits your needs. I’ve also found BSB’s customer support to be very responsive and helpful. Pricing is quite reasonable and return policies are buyer-friendly. Highly recommended!
Dylan TweneyDylan Tweney
18:12 23 Jun 22
Ryan has an amazing collection of singing bowls (which I mostly use as bells) and he's really helpful at providing personalized advice and guidance on which ones to select. I have bought two bowls from him so far and they are magnificent: they produce a variety of resonant sounds with long sustain and great complexity. I also really appreciate his efforts to provide accurate descriptions and high-quality sound files for each bowl.
Mel JonesMel Jones
15:57 13 Apr 22
Just wanted to say thank you for the speedy delivery. The bowls are both wonderful and a great addition to my small but happy collection. Appreciate the service.
Sara JennenSara Jennen
13:12 05 Apr 22
I was looking for a singing bowl. Started by looking at new bowls that were priced ridiculously and were obviously factory produced. I stumbled upon this site and filled out the contact form. Ryan got back to me within a few hours. He travels the world to collect antique bowls. He is obviously knowledgeable and passionate about the work he does. After a conversation where he learned a little about me and my intended use of the bowls, I ended up letting him select 3 for me from his extensive collection. I received manipuri bowls that sound magnificent. I have already begun incorporating them into my yoga and meditation practice. I intend to add to my collection over time. I hope that someday I can visit California to select my bowls in person....or maybe even Nepal;) Sat Nam.
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