Ok, my promark rods just keep breaking at different lengths and the sticks catch when im playing my hi hats. I need rods for quieter, small venues. My question is, are mallets quiet like rods? Im thinking about getting the 2 sided stick/mallet type. has anyone played them and noticed a volume difference from rods or soft playing with sticks? i dont want to spend 20 bucks to find out they are not quieter than sticks.