The John Bonham Combo Includes:
- 38" Paiste Symphonic Gong
- Paiste Round Orchestra Gong Stand
- Paiste M7 Gong Mallet
- Gongs Unlimited Gong Bag
For the John Bonham fan, for the Led Zeppelin tribute band, for someone just looking for a huge gong with a huge sound in a huge way...This 38" Paiste Symphonic Gong is pretty awesome. This remarkable gong has complex overtones and musicality bring up tremendous delight and joy!
According to auction notes, when the original Paiste Gong that Bonham played was sold, John’s use of the gong was “inspired by Carmine Appice, drummer with Vanilla Fudge, whom Led Zeppelin supported on their first US concerts in December 1968. Jeff Ocheltree, John's former drum tech recalls in A Thunder Of Drums that ‘...The first Paiste gongs had Chinese caricature letters on them. Later on they had Paiste on them. John knew how to ‘warm up’ the gong with a mallet – and he used it for definite dynamic effect in a couple of tunes, not just for bashing...’” While not a pyromaniac, John Bonham also would set his gong ablaze at the end of his solo in Zeppelin's “Moby Dick.” His roadie Mick Hinton had to set it alight using lighter fluid.
From Paiste, on their process: "We are the industry leader in discovering new mixtures and procedures, having introduced several alloys to Gong making, including one for which we received a patent. We use finished raw materials (round, flat disks) from several specialized foundries and rolling mills. We select these suppliers due to their specialized and superior technical abilities and large scale of operations."
From Paiste, on Symphonic Gongs: "Symphonic Gongs (SG) are flat gongs with a harmonic and universal sound structure. The sound character of these gongs can be influenced and varied through the nature of the stroke, as well as the size, weight, and composition of the mallets. By varying the striking points, highs, lows, and various sound mixtures contained in the entirety of the gong's sounds sphere may be extracted and played up."
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