Symphonic Etched 17680 Gram Gong 35.25"
Size: 35.25x1.5" Thickness: 4.8mm Weight: 17680g
The center of this gong features a geometric mandala surrounded by the an array of Buddhas, as well as 5 of the 8 Auspicious symbols: Conch Shell, the Infinite Knot, Parasol, Wheel of Dharma, and the Banner of Victory
This gong was played using the incuded Zen Heavy Purple Gong Tool.
The sound sample and photos are of the actual gong.
This product does not include a gong stand.
In India, the tradition of making gongs from bronze has been alive for centuries. The country is known for producing some of the largest and most beautiful gongs in the world, each unique and special in its own way. These gongs are handmade by skilled artisans who use traditional methods and techniques passed down through generations to produce a sound that is unparalleled in its depth and resonance.
Bronze is the metal of choice for making gongs in India because of its unique properties. It is a mixture of copper and tin, and the exact proportions of each metal can vary depending on the desired sound. Bronze is a durable and resilient metal that can withstand years of use without losing its resonance or tone. It is also an excellent conductor of sound, which means that the vibrations produced by the gong can travel through the metal and create a deep, rich sound.
The process of making a large hand-made gong is a labor-intensive one that requires patience, skill, and attention to detail. First, the artisans begin by melting the bronze in a large furnace until it reaches a molten state. The molten bronze is then poured into a mold that has been shaped to the desired size and thickness of the gong.
Once the bronze has cooled and hardened, the gong is removed from the mold and begins the process of shaping and tuning. This is where the artisan's skill and expertise really come into play. They use a variety of tools, including hammers and chisels, to shape the metal and create the desired tone and resonance.
One of the key factors that make these gongs so special is the fact that they are handmade. Unlike mass-produced gongs, each one is unique and has its own personality and character. The artisan's hands and tools shape the metal, giving each gong its own distinct sound and personality.
The sound produced by a large hand-made gong is truly remarkable. It is deep, symphonic, and can produce a wide range of sounds depending on how it is struck. The sound can be soft and gentle, or it can be loud and powerful, filling the room with its rich and resonant tone.
These gongs are used for a variety of purposes in India, including spiritual and religious ceremonies, meditation, and musical performances. They are often used in combination with other instruments, such as drums and flutes, to create a unique and harmonious sound.