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Bao Gong, 13 3/4" (35cm), Beater (WDB28) (SKU: WBG14)Bao Gong, 13 3/4" (35cm), Beater (WDB28) (SKU: WBG14)
Bao Gong, 17 3/4" (45cm), Beater (WDB30) (SKU: WBG18)Bao Gong, 17 3/4" (45cm), Beater (WDB30) (SKU: WBG18)
Bao Gong, 21 1/2" (55cm), Beater (WDB33) (SKU: WBG22)Bao Gong, 21 1/2" (55cm), Beater (WDB33) (SKU: WBG22)
Bao Gong, 7" (18cm), Beater (WDB25) (SKU: WBG07)Bao Gong, 7" (18cm), Beater (WDB25) (SKU: WBG07)
Bao Gong, 8" (20cm), Beater (WDB25) (SKU: WBG08)Bao Gong, 8" (20cm), Beater (WDB25) (SKU: WBG08)
Chao Gong, 13.75-Inch (35cm), Beater GMMB9 (SKU: WCG14)Chao Gong, 13.75-Inch (35cm), Beater GMMB9 (SKU: WCG14)
Chao Gong, 21.5-Inch (55cm), Beater GMMB13 (SKU: WCG22)Chao Gong, 21.5-Inch (55cm), Beater GMMB13 (SKU: WCG22)
Chao Gong, 39-Inch (100cm), Beater GMMB18 (SKU: WCG39)Chao Gong, 39-Inch (100cm), Beater GMMB18 (SKU: WCG39)
DOBANI 10-Inch Wind Gong & Pedestal Stand (SKU: GSCR10W)DOBANI 10-Inch Wind Gong & Pedestal Stand (SKU: GSCR10W)
DOBANI 4-Inch Yun Gong & Curved Stand (SKU: GSAR04Y)DOBANI 4-Inch Yun Gong & Curved Stand (SKU: GSAR04Y)
DOBANI Bao Gong, 10-Inch (25cm), Beater GMMB9 (SKU: WBG10)DOBANI Bao Gong, 10-Inch (25cm), Beater GMMB9 (SKU: WBG10)
DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 10-Inch (25cm) (SKU: WCG10)DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 10-Inch (25cm) (SKU: WCG10)
DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 12-Inch (30cm) (SKU: WCG12)DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 12-Inch (30cm) (SKU: WCG12)
DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 17.75-Inch (45cm) (SKU: WCG18)DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 17.75-Inch (45cm) (SKU: WCG18)
DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 7-Inch (18cm) (SKU: WCG07)DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 7-Inch (18cm) (SKU: WCG07)
DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 8-Inch (20cm) (SKU: WCG08)DOBANI Chao Gong with Beater 8-Inch (20cm) (SKU: WCG08)
DOBANI Decorated Singing Bowl 4 1/2-Inch - OM (SKU: SGBD450M)DOBANI Decorated Singing Bowl 4 1/2-Inch - OM (SKU: SGBD450M)
DOBANI Energy Chime C 6th Octave (SKU: ENCR6C)DOBANI Energy Chime C 6th Octave (SKU: ENCR6C)
DOBANI Gong Beater 13-Inch (SKU: GMMB13)DOBANI Gong Beater 13-Inch (SKU: GMMB13)
DOBANI Graduated Solid Brass Elephant Bells 5-Piece 1.5-to-3-Inch (SKU: ELPB)DOBANI Graduated Solid Brass Elephant Bells 5-Piece 1.5-to-3-Inch (SKU: ELPB)
DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 4-Inch (SKU: SGBP400)DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 4-Inch (SKU: SGBP400)
DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 5-Inch (SKU: SGBP500)DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 5-Inch (SKU: SGBP500)
DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 5.25-Inch (SKU: SGBP525)DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 5.25-Inch (SKU: SGBP525)
DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 6.5-Inch (SKU: SGBP650)DOBANI Plain Singing Bowl 6.5-Inch (SKU: SGBP650)
DOBANI Sheesham Gong Handle (SKU: GSHDLR)DOBANI Sheesham Gong Handle (SKU: GSHDLR)
DOBANI Singing Bowl 4.5-Inch Black (SKU: SGBB-450)DOBANI Singing Bowl 4.5-Inch Black (SKU: SGBB-450)
DOBANI Singing Bowl 5.25-Inch - Black (SKU: SGBB-525)DOBANI Singing Bowl 5.25-Inch - Black (SKU: SGBB-525)
DOBANI Wind Gong 12-Inch (30cm) with Beater (SKU: WDG12)DOBANI Wind Gong 12-Inch (30cm) with Beater (SKU: WDG12)
DOBANI Wind Gong 14-Inch (35cm) with Beater (SKU: WDG14)DOBANI Wind Gong 14-Inch (35cm) with Beater (SKU: WDG14)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 10-Inch (25cm) (SKU: WDG10)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 10-Inch (25cm) (SKU: WDG10)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 17.75-Inch (45cm) (SKU: WDG18)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 17.75-Inch (45cm) (SKU: WDG18)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 21.5-Inch (55cm) (SKU: WDG22)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 21.5-Inch (55cm) (SKU: WDG22)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 39.5-Inch (100cm) (SKU: WDG39)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 39.5-Inch (100cm) (SKU: WDG39)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 6-Inch (15cm) (SKU: WDG06)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 6-Inch (15cm) (SKU: WDG06)
DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 8-Inch (20cm) (SKU: WDG08)DOBANI Wind Gong with Beater 8-Inch (20cm) (SKU: WDG08)
DOBANI Yun Gong with Beater 4-Inch (10cm) (SKU: WYG04)DOBANI Yun Gong with Beater 4-Inch (10cm) (SKU: WYG04)
Gong Beater, 11" (SKU: GMMB11)Gong Beater, 11" (SKU: GMMB11)
Gong Beater, 9" (SKU: GMMB9)Gong Beater, 9" (SKU: GMMB9)
Gong Stand, Rosewood, Pedestal, 22-Inch (SKU: GSDR22)Gong Stand, Rosewood, Pedestal, 22-Inch (SKU: GSDR22)
Mallet with Plastic Handle and Rubber Tip, 10.5-Inch (SKU: MLTR2)Mallet with Plastic Handle and Rubber Tip, 10.5-Inch (SKU: MLTR2)
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The use of the gong has been an ancient Chinese custom for many eras. They were first used to signal peasant workers in from the fields as some gongs are loud enough to be heard from up to 50 miles away. In China and Japan they are used in religious ceremonies, state processions, marriages and other festivals. They emit a peculiarly sonorous sound, its complex vibrations bursting into a wave-like succession of tones, sometimes shrill and sometimes deep. Large flat gongs may be 'primed' by lightly hitting them before the main stroke, greatly enhancing the sound and causing the instrument to "speak" sooner, with a shorter delay for the sound to "bloom". Keeping this priming stroke inaudible calls for a great deal of skill. The smallest suspended gongs are played with bamboo sticks, or even western-style drumsticks. Contemporary & avant-garde music, where different sounds are sought, will often use friction mallets (producing squeals & harmonics), bass bows (producing long tones and high overtones), and various striking implements (wood/plastic/metal) to produce the desired tones.

Sound World Instruments carries an extraordinary variety of Chinese gongs. These suspended gongs, typically of bronze or brass, are played with beaters and are of two main types: flat faced discs either with or without a turned edge, and gongs with a raised center boss. By far the most familiar to most Westerners is the chao (chau) gong or bullseye gong. Traditionally, chao gongs were used to clear the way for important officials and processions, much like a police siren today. Large chao gongs, called tam-tams, have even been adopted by the modern symphony orchestra. Sometimes a chao gong is referred to as a Chinese gong, but in fact it is only one of many types of suspended gongs that are associated with China.

Another popular Chinese gong instrument, known by the name Bao, is a type of raised boss gong commonly used in Chinese temples for worship. They have a clear resonant tone with less shimmer than other gongs and can produce two distinct sounds depending on whether they are struck on the boss or next to it. They most often are tuned to various pitches, determined by diameter and thickness.

SWI (Sound World Instruments) also stocks Tibetan gongs and many other popular Chinese gongs including the Hand gong, Wind gong, Tiger Sound gong, Yun gong and the Lion Cymbal. Among our accessories, you will find everything you need including gong stands, hangers, beaters and sticks.

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