Great Range of Old Historic Gongs
We recently visited our tailors in Vietnam and found a fantastic local supplier of new and ancient Chinese gongs. Your choice of gong can now be sent with your uniform and shoes or can be posted as an individual purchase.
We have both Chau gongs (Tam-tam) which are the flat faced gongs or Bossed gongs (may also be called Nipple gongs). Both types of gongs are played when suspended, normally in a frame and are played with a soft hammer. Gongs were first used in China to call the peasents in from the fields: some gongs are so loud that they can be heard from 50 miles away. Chau gongs were also used to signal the coming of important officals who were travelling. The earliest Chau gong dates from the Western Han Dynasty (206 BC - 9 AD). Gongs are traditionally made from an alloy composed of a maximum of 22% tin to 78% copper (small amounts of lead, zinc and iron may also be added). It is the special properties of this alloy, when heated and cooled, that allowed the Chinese and other Asian nations to make gongs; a secret hidden from the West until the 19th Centuary. Modern gongs may also be made from bronze and brass. The sound produced from the flat Chau (tam-tam) gong is more like a crash rather than a tuned note. The bossed gongs have a clear resonant tone with different notes being produced depending on the composition and size of the gong, where the gong is struck and by the way the hammer is used to create that sounds. Nipple gongs are generally used in temples for worship and in orchastras and opera. Please note, our gongs are authentic; the Vietnames people; although strongly independent are influeced by their ancient links to China and their Chinese heritage (Much like the USA and Britain share a similar culture).
Our Gong sizes range from 12" to 25"