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Gong - Premium - 32in (80cm) diameter (Ageng)

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Description

This gigantic ‘Ageng’, or ‘Gong Gdé’, is the largest and most important Gong of all. It generates a beautiful warm tone that sustains fantastically well without being obtrusive to the rest of the music.

 

Our Premium Gongs are made in Bali from steel and have brass centres for extra resonance.

 

Note: This listing is for the Gong alone. If you also require the stand and pangul beater then consider looking at our ‘Gong Set - 32in (80cm) diameter Gong with Stand and Beater’.

 

How it's Played

To play the Gong, sit in front of it and gently, but firmly, bounce the pangul beater off of the boss. If you do it too aggressively then unwanted bright overtones are generated which over time could also lead to the Gong tuning altering, so some restraint is required.

 

The perfect tone for the smaller Gongs is a short, warm 'tunk' sound with a swift decay. For larger Gongs, a sustained, warm thrum is required.

 
What it Goes Well With

Gongs are fairly essential to a full Gamelan sound. You could build a Gamelan set up slowly in parts as all of our units are tuned to the same master set scale. You can then augment your collection with additional Gongs over time.

 
How it's Made

Smaller Gongs are usually played to keep the pace moving forward, as well as marking more regular pattern hit points.

 

Larger Gongs tend to be played less and are used to mark the more significant hit points, such as the very end of a pattern. The largest Gong (the Ageng, or the Gong Gdé) is usually played on the final note of each cycle.

 

 
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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