Just---I like how you're thinking outside the box. I say go for whatever you hear in your head and try to duplicate it to the best of your ability. Lots of new, nontraditional thinking going on now in music in general and it all works. Post some photos of your setup and some videos once done. The Y/T linked drummer was phenominal and I'll go try some of that this week. I like the mallets as well. Personally, I would miss the "chick" of 8th note hats while keeping time on my ride, and the occasional "bark" of open hats for accents. Other than that, one could always incorporate something else in its place. Have you thought of any other instrument on your kit you can use a left side pedal on to take your hats place? Many drummers are conditioned over the years to keep the left foot going while off the hats. Just curious, and again, interesting concept.