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One of the oldest musical instruments known to man, gongs have a distinct sound that has played an important role throughout many historical events in South East Asia. Dating back to the 6th century, the gong is even considered by some to be a magical instrument that brings fortune and strength to those who touch one. In fact, the gong is still used in Far East celebrations, leading symphonies and innovative rock concerts all over the globe, and this section offers a wide range of gongs from the world's most trusted cymbal brands. If the gong is something you're thinking about adding to your percussion setup, it's important to keep in mind that not all gongs are made equal. They come in a variety of styles, shapes and sizes, and a perfect example is Meinl's line of planetary-tuned gongs.
These handcrafted gongs are made using the calculations of Hans Cousto (The Cosmic Octave) to match the frequencies of the moon, sun and planets, and they're available between 24/61cm and 36/91cm in diameter. The result is that each Meinl Sonic Energy planetary tuned gong has its own mysterious yet soothing tone, and any one of them would make an exceptional addition to your kit. Wuhan is another well-known gong manufacturer, and their 22-inch Wind gong is a popular item. Praised for its powerful attack, focused crash and brilliant shimmer, this gong is also lightweight and fits easily into most cymbal bags. Overall, the Wuhan Wind gong is a great option for school-band members and gigging percussionists alike. As you can see, you certainly won't have a problem finding the perfect gong if you stick to this catalog. The simple truth is that gongs are unlike any other percussion instrument, and incorporating one into your playing routine is an excellent way of broadening the possibilities of your performance.