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Gamelan Metallophone

£47.00£1,257.00 exc VAT

£56.40£1,508.40 inc VAT

Age 4 - 18+

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  • Authentic hand made Balinese instruments
  • 4, 5, 7 and 10 key models
  • Suitable for every age range and setting

Drums for Schools gamelan metallophones (also called Saron, Gangsa, Gender, Jegog depending on the model and tradition) are available with varying numbers of keys and in different sizes and styles. There’s an instrument to suit every budget and setting, from Early Years upwards.

All of our gamelan instruments are made by hand in Bali by traditional gamelan makers using traditional methods, and these are the same instruments as are used every day in hundreds of Balinese villages and schools. Our metallophones have steel keys because steel is much more affordable than the traditional bronze and because it holds its tuning better.

Number of keys

4 Keys – Perfect for Early Years and SEND. Beautiful “slendro” tuning – think “Morning” from Grieg’s Peer Gynt. Not compatible with our 5, 7 and 10 key instruments.

5 Keys – For filling out and extending the lower registers of your gamelan orchestra. These are big, lower pitched instruments with the same “pelog selesir” tuning as our 7 and 10 key instruments. These 5 key instruments are made to order with a lead time of 4 to 5 months.

7 Keys – Great for school and community use. These melody instruments have the same classic Balinese Gong Kebyar “pelog selesir” tuning as our 5 and 10 key instruments.

10 Keys – For extending the middle and upper registers of your gamelan orchestra. These are big instruments, usually played by the orchestra leader. Same “pelog selesir” tuning as our 5 and 7 key instruments. Premium 10 key instruments are made to order with a lead time of 4 to 5 months.


Small – Physically the smallest and with the highest pitch – one octave above the Medium size.
Medium – Medium sized instrument with mid range pitch, one octave below the Small and one octave above the Large size.
Large – Bigger instrument with lower pitch, one octave below the Medium size.
XL – Biggest size with tuning one octave below the Large size – available for 4 key only.


Budget – Low cost, great sounding entry-level models. The casings are strong and light and the keys are made from recycled steel. A good choice where budget is limited or where light weight is vital.

Standard – Compact but high quality with steel keys and jackfruit hardwood cases. The sound quality is very good. A good choice if storage space is limited or portability is important. Lower price than Premium.

Premium – Bigger, heavier jackfruit casings with steel keys. The sound and build quality is very good indeed and these are instruments that will last for years and years. A good choice where visual impact is important and where the instruments are not likely to be moved around frequently.

Here are links to other selections you may find useful:

  • Gamelan Budget 7 Keys - 3 Pack

Product Information

What's included

Each gamelan metallophone comes with a traditional hammer-shaped beater called a “gamelan” or “pangul”

How to Play

To play the instrument, take the hammer-style beater and hit a key, letting the mallet bounce off swiftly. Start by slowly playing up and down the scale, listening to the tuning and to how long each note resonates.  As you get more experienced, when you hit the next note, try lightly touching the previous one with your other hand.  This will dampen the earlier note, allowing the new note to ring out by itself.


We work with a small number of specialist logistic companies to deliver your order quickly and economically. The delivery method varies, depending on your location and the size of the order, as follows:

UK Locations

Orders up to 5kg – Courier 2 to 3 working day delivery. This would typically include books, smaller instruments, percussion baskets and djembes up to 40cm.

Orders over 5kg – Courier, next working day delivery. Most orders are sent this way.

Large orders – Pallet service, 3 to 5 working day delivery. Used for large orders and those with more fragile contents.

Please note:

  1. Above timings are from dispatch date. Time from placing your order will usually be one or two days longer, depending on the order and destination.
  2. Delivery to offshore or Highland addresses may take longer and may cost more than to UK mainland addresses and we’ll quote and agree the costs with you in advance. Please note that in these cases it’s fine to go ahead and place your order, and there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you.
  3. For some destinations, where a courier service isn’t available, we may send by Royal Mail instead.

International Locations

Orders weighing less than 1kg and not too bulky – Post Office Airmail. This would include books and smaller percussion instruments.

Orders weighing more than about 1kg and large orders – international courier or pallet service. We’ll obtain competitive quotes and agree these with you in advance.

Please note that it’s fine to go ahead and place your international order prior to confirming shipping costs, and that there’s no obligation on your part until the delivery costs have been quoted and accepted by you. Payment for international orders, including shipping costs, is required before dispatch of the goods.


Please let us know straight away if anything arrives damaged or otherwise in a substandard condition and we’ll be happy to replace it, refund the cost or provide you with an alternative product to your satisfaction. Speed is of the essence here as most courier companies will only accept responsibility for damage in transit if the damage is reported within 24 hours of delivery.

 In the event of damage, please take photographs, including any damage to the packaging, and email these to us ASAP.

Similarly, if an instrument  develops a fault within 12 months of purchase in the course of normal use (though excluding fair wear and tear), please let us know, and we’ll replace it or refund the cost. It’s also very helpful for us to see photos of the issue as this gives us solid information for changing the design, the production method or the packing materials.

But please do contact us before returning any damaged or substandard items. Once we’ve approved their return, please send to:  Drums for Schools Limited, 21 Shaftesbury Avenue, Burton Joyce NG14 5GL 

We really appreciate your feedback in the case of faults (or if you think an instrument could be improved in any way) and we take all such feedback very seriously indeed.

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