The Chau Gong is a very elegant and distinctive gong that produces a full and sustained wash of musical overtones. Its beauty and its traditional appearance make it a centerpiece in any space, indoors or outdoors. 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.
The Chinese Chau Gong of a bronze alloy which is roughly 80% copper and 20% tin, and the crafting process is a mixture of hand hammering and working the bronze on a lathe while carefully heating and cooling the metal. On the Chau Gong, the center spot and outside rim retain the black copper oxide that forms when the gong is made. On the rest of the gong this coating is removed from lathing and the surface is polished.
Chau Gongs are available in a range of sizes, with each size having its own distinct full sound. Smaller sizes have a rich but higher sound while the larger sizes are deeper and ring with more power and sustain.
6" Chau Gong includes a Gong Mallet
Gong includes a mallet for playing and string for hanging.
Our gongs are made from the highest quality bronze.
The Gong Shop is your one-stop for shop Gongs and Gong Accessories. We personally hand-select all of our gongs in Wuhan, China insuring optimal quality and sound.
Need a specific sound? We work with many customers to find a gong with just the right tone, fundamental pitch, sustain, or other characteristics.
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Shipping Weight:2 pounds