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Chau or Bullseye Gongs

  • $ 3600

The Chau Gong is an elegant and distinctive gong that produces a full and sustained wash of musical overtones. Its beauty and its traditional appearance make it a centerpiece in any space, indoors or outdoors. This style of gong dates from the Han Dynasty where it was used for spiritual drumming, large meetings, and to announce the procession of important people. In more modern times, the chao gong has found a place in different genres of music, most notably symphony orchestras. It is made of a bronze alloy which is roughly 80% copper and 20% tin, and the crafting process is a mixture of hand hammering and working the bronze on a lathe while carefully heating and cooling the metal. On the chao gong, the center spot and outside rim retain the black copper oxide that forms when the gong is made. On the rest of the gong this coating is removed and the surface is polished. Smaller sizes have a rich but higher sound while the larger sizes are deeper and ring with more power and sustain. 1 Gong Striker included with each gong.

NOTE: The 39" Gong requires special handling for shipment; please call us for a shipping quote.

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