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Bonang - 4 Pan - Standard - high pitch


This quality ‘Bonang - 4 Pan - Standard - high pitch’ is made from steel and brass and comes complete with its hardwood (jackfruit) stand and two ‘pangul’ beaters. The tuning is in line with the four highest notes of our 7 key metallophones, and this high pitch version is tuned an octave higher than its lower note equivalent (‘Bonang - 4 Pan - Standard - low pitch’).


How it's Played

Traditionally the Gamelan Gong Kebyar orchestra is fronted by an enormous 12 pan Reyong played by 4 players.


Thanks to Michael Tenzer for permission to use the following short extract from his excellent book ‘Gamelan Gong Kebyar’, published by Chicago University Press.


The Reyong (also Reong, Riong, and Riyong) extends across the upper registers of the ensemble with twelve kettles stretching from deng, the seventh tone of the Ugal, to dung, the eighth tone of the Kantilan. The four players are ordinarily confined to a limited number of tones ranging from two to four kettles, but depending on the musical context, players may temporarily overlap into a neighbour’s terrain, thereby expanding their range by one or two tones.


The positions are as follows;


  • Penyorog (three kettles: deng, dung, dang)
  • Pengenter (three kettles: ding, dong, deng)
  • Ponggang (two kettles: dung, dang)
  • Pemetit or Petit (four kettles: ding, dong, deng, dung).

They are played using beaters called pangul, two per player, and these are smaller versions of pangul Trompong. The Reyong kettles may be played melodically, on the boss; or agogically, in one of two ways. One is on the lower rim, producing kecek, a sound closely resembling that of the Ceng Ceng (cymbals). The Reyong component of the byar chord is obtained when kettles 1, 3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 12 are struck simultaneously. Referred to in terms of the Reyong alone the chord is called byong when allowed to ring. When quickly damped it is known as byot; when fully damped as jet.


All our Standard Gamelan are made in the same Balinese village workshop using traditional materials and techniques. The metals used in our premium instruments are a unique mixture of steel and brass, making it a much less expensive alternative to the bronze originals. The wood is jackfruit, which is a very hard and durable wood traditionally used for Gamelan instruments.

What it Goes Well With

The Bonang is an integral part of the Balinese Gamelan ensemble and mixes will with all gamelan instruments.

How it's Made

The Bonang may be played melodically by picking out the main theme, or it can be used percussively by accenting certain sections of the melody in a brash metallic fashion. Altering how you hit the pans using the pangul will give wide variation to the dynamic and timbral delivery of the music.


How to Look After It

Keep all Gamelan instruments dry and away from extremes of temperature and they should last well.

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