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Our oldest version of the instrument, Symphonic Gongs have a slightly raised surface (without boss) with a harmonic and universal sound structure. The fundamental note of the gong is balanced with the instrument's complex overtones.
The characterizing word Symphonic thereby should not be misinterpreted as describing the literal sense of classical symphonic orchestra application but its original sense to unite harmonic sounds. The describing word universal shall be understood as “sound in its entirety”.
The sound of these gongs can be influenced and varied through the nature of the stroke, as well as the size, weight, and composition of the mallets. By varying the striking points, highs, lows, and various sound mixtures contained in the entirety of the gong’s sound sphere may be extracted and played up.
Symphonic Gongs feature some of our largest examples of the instrument, like the 60” and the extraordinary 80”, the world’s largest playable gong.
THE SYMPHONIC BRILLIANT GONGS
The Symphonic Brilliant Gongs are principally identical in construction to the Symphonic Gongs but are laboriously hand polished to achieve their distinctive mirror-like look. The sound of the brilliant models differs only marginal from the conventional Symphonic Gongs. They build up their overtone structure slightly faster.
The sound characteristic of Planet Gongs is comparable to that of Symphonic Gong in diameters 20”-38”. Planet Gongs are tuned in conformity with the natural harmonic series based in the orbital properties on the Earth, the Moon, the Sun, and the Planets according to calculations of Hans Cousto. Thus they resonate in harmony with the cycles of the celestial bodies and communicate a distinct aspect of the “music of the spheres” so amply quoted since the Antique. Their sound color is extremely mysterious and conveys an unusual, unfathomable atmosphere.
SOUND CREATION GONGS
Each Sound Creation Gong has an extraordinary and particular sound character. Their impressive sound charisma provides emotionally influencing sensations. Due to their varied sound colors and voices they offer interesting, diversified and individual forms of expression. The designation is to understood in a symbolical and associative manner.
The Paiste 28" Bronze Gong Collection. Due to the high copper content, the colors of the gongs are warm-reddish with a range from golden shimmer to dark brown earth tones. Compared to gongs made of nickel silver, these gongs tend to have a deeper fundamental tone, a warmer sound character and a more voluminous overall sound. The continuous character is lively, warm and deep. Due to the nature of the alloy, the sound of bronze gongs changes over time through relaxation, aging and the influence of the gong playing significantly more than with gongs made of nickel silver. The basic character is always maintained, but bronze gongs live and change. We assume that, that bronze gongs will continue to change after delivery over time and under the influence of the player. Through continuous action and reaction and the resulting constant gentle change, there is a unique mutual influence between the gong and the player.
Accent Gongs are special gongs with an aggressive, foaming, and lively sound character. A multitude of sounds may be achieved with various playing techniques.
Deco Gongs are hammered by hand according to tradition and fascinate through their wonderful exotic sound. Essentially, the Deco is a miniature Symphonic Gong. True gongs with complex harmonics, make a unique and decorative addition to your personal or musical environment. They may also be specially inscribed with individual signs and logos at surcharge.