16 inch 40cm, 100% handmade (without stand)
The Chau Gong is a very elegant and distinctive gong that produces a full and sustained wash of musical overtones. The Chinese Chau Gong dates from the Han Dynasty where it was used for spiritual drumming, large meetings, and to announce the procession of important people. In more modern times, the Chau Gong has found a place in different genres of music, most notably symphony orchestras.
Chau Gongs, otherwise known as a Tam-Tam, is one of the most familiar looking Chinese gongs. The Chau Gong differs in shape from the Wind Gong in that it has a rim around the outside edge. It also has a very distinctive "target" appearance or bullseye. While it may be tempting to strike the gong in the center or bullseye, this is actually the "node" of the gong (the spot where there is no vibration) and striking the node is not recommended as it could crack the gong. We recommend striking the gong 2-3 inches off center, depending on the size of the gong.
Please note this does not include the stand