Gong: How to choose your instrument?

For music lovers, the gong remains one of the best instruments whose sound frequencies manage to touch the sensitivity of the being. An incredible percussion tool, it produces a fabulous sound that is particularly comparable to that of large church bells.

Given the many varieties available on the market, choosing the right model often proves to be very problematic. Find in this article some advice on how to select the best instrument. In order to offer you what you are looking for, we propose here some models that will not fail to charm you.

Percussion workshop jtp-30 30.5 cm traditional Chinese gong with stand

Musical instrument with a purely traditional style, it presents several characteristics, the most important of which are the following:

  • A width of 48.3 cm against a height of 50.8 cm;
  • Original bronze gong 11.4 cm deep supplied with wooden cap gong mallet cloth and suspended from a stand.

Thanks to the various assets of this item, you will absolutely benefit from a harmonic, precise and deep melody with each use.

Original Chinese Whood Chau gong 25 cm

This is a branded product designed by a traditional musical instrument manufacturer in Wuhan/china. From the top of its 25 cm in size, it has the characteristics required to guarantee you good sound frequencies. For example, it has a cotton mallet added to an appropriate diameter that promotes the instrument’s responsiveness. As a disadvantage, it produces a less piercing sound during use.

Ammon Hand Gong with copper cymbal

Incredible percussion instrument for children, it offers special advantages, the most important of which is to improve the musical talent of the little ones. You can very easily use it and move around with it. It is in fact a model made of copper and a wooden mallet which guarantee an exceptional durability. With a size of 15cm, it promotes the development of hand and eye coordination in children.

Zen Art Brass Feng Shui Office Gong H303

This fabulous musical instrument has features that are sure to interest you. More precisely :

  • It is a gong made of brass and a wooden stand;
  • It weighs 272 g and has a size of 19 x 5 x 20 cm/19.1 x 5.1 x 20.3 cm.

Note however that it offers a tone and harmony not very interesting compared to the previous models. That said, you will however benefit from its remarkable reactivity. Treat yourself to this tool at an exceptional price of 16.92 €.

How to choose your gong?

Several elements justify the particularity of the sound produced by a gong. In general, you will find several models, some larger or thinner than others. So to select the ideal tool, capable of providing you with beautiful melodies, you need to pay more attention to the characteristics of the product.

The weight and size of the gong

These two aspects really condition the effectiveness of your instrument. In addition to their impact on the projection and the reactivity of the sound produced by the gong, you must also take care of them so that you can easily transport the tool when you move around. In general, some people say that models from 30 to 32 inches offer a remarkable balance between projection and responsiveness of sound. For others, 28″ and 32″ models are said to offer a crisp tone and fundamental.

The pitch of the sound

It remains one of the most important criteria that you should consider when making a purchase. Therefore, to guarantee this quality to your instrument, you must make sure of its size and surface tension. More seriously, to obtain a low or high-pitched sound, but at the same time precise and determined, a gong must have :

  • An appropriate diameter;
  • A folded edge;
  • A raised air;
  • A bump.


It varies according to the thickness of the musical tool. In other words, a thin gong sounds much easier than a thick one. That said, we recommend that you control the striking force used on the instrument as well as the mallet so as not to damage it.

Projecting the sound of the gong

It depends on the size and thickness of the gong. That is to say that a large or thick gong guarantees a better projection compared to a thin or rather small model. We therefore recommend that you look for an optimal range between the diameter and the thickness of your instrument.

The resonance

It also remains one of the factors that guarantee sound quality. In general, a large, thick gong resonates better than a thin or small hinge. If your instrument also appears tuned and harmonic, you will absolutely benefit from a long resonance.

In short, the gong remains an exceptional musical instrument with a variety of characteristics. In order to offer you the right model to obtain quality sounds, you have to rely on very precise selection elements.