This listing includes a traditional Chinese mallet.
The Opera Gongs, including Opera, Tiger, Hand and Fong Gongs, are traditional Chinese gongs that have a unique sound the world associates with Chinese Opera and other Chinese theater.
The front of the gong is distinctly forward from the outer rim of the gong. It is almost like two gongs in one, a front gong and a bigger back gong: two distinct tones tied together. This connection creates an ascending or descending sound. Often called “pitch-bending” this up or down bend accelerates as the gong goes from one note to another making the Opera Gongs a special experience.
This 8.5” Hand Gong is perfect to hold in the hand, but also when you need a hand. It's style is similar to the pitch-bending Opera gong, in that the face is raised and the sound bends. But the face is a bit wider, so the pitch doesn't bend at such a feverish pitch. It's a more assertive and less shrieking call.
Sure to bring a hand to help, to hold, to high-five.
The 8.5" Hand Gong. Hold one today.
The 9” Opera Gong. “Do ya’ know what you might like? If you’re in a hurry, we got a mess o’ hash all ready to go, if that’s your bag, or I know back in the back they just put on a pile of saaauuuuuusssssssaaaaagggggeeee-”
Her voice slowed to a snail’s pace. In the back, the cook had just rung his 9” Opera Gong to let someone know they had an order up.
As the warbling, pitch-bent tone traveled from the kitchen to the man, it carried with it a suspension agent which nearly halted time. Globules of coffee seemed to hover in mid-air. Pens paused on order pads. The sound emanated in waves.
All the heads in the diner turned toward the sound in unison, just before the suspension caught them.
The diner became all diners.
The stories of each and every patron mingled and overlapped.
The menus of their lives, all ordered up.
The 10" Fong Gong is extremely portable, which means it could be toted along while you are out strolling on the boulevard at rush hour. Give it a ring as a sort of siren's song to draw strangers into chatting, or toll it repeatedly to announce your position, allowing others to note your path and thus avoid collisions.
The pitch-bent fluctuating tone of the 10" Fong Gong can be used to alter your musings in the solo setting. Opening up paths your unconscious mind may have otherwise passed by. The dulcet yet cleansing tone of the gong also creates an expansive head-space in which your imagination can run wild.
Work it however you want it to work.
11” Fong Gong follows the Chinese Proverb that “Love for a person must extend to the crows on his roof.”
You would not think it, but the 11” Fong Gong can prove most handy in love and romance. It is an opera-style Chinese gong, meaning it has pitch-bending capabilities producing a tone which can rise and then fall, much like the vagaries of love.
Wherever lovers' hearts beat, attempting to reach synchronicity, the Fong Gong can provide a way towards harmony.
For it is as Shakespeare (the Confucius of England) once said, in agreement with the Chinese proverb above, "The course of true love never did run smooth".
Sometimes paths are crossed without the knowledge that a lover has trod that very route.
The 12” Tiger Gong hangs on the Chinese Opera tree, which has roots going clear back to the third century CE. CE as in China Enlightened or Close Encounters or Centaur Enthusiast.
At any rate, this was when the Chinese started getting dramatic for fun! Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty decided to make the Chinese Opera more organized and founded Pear Garden for his amusement. (Yes, this is absolutely where our beloved orange drink of childhood, Tang, originates.)
Though the opera was mostly for the Emperor, the opera was for all and the Disciples of the Pear Garden used gongs, yes, you're catching on now, Opera gongs, to call the people to delight in the play and have a refreshing orange beverage.
Masked and dancing, the disciples banged gongs. Wowng! Wowng! Wowng! The pitch bending called one and all to relax, to enjoy, to clear their minds for something entirely new.
May the 12" Tiger Gong do that also for you.
The 13” Tiger Gong. Often people ask where the Tiger Gong got its sound and name. For the sound bends like no other.
One firm stroke and the gong cries, shrieks, sings. "Wowng, wowng, wowng."
Some say that this mimics the roar of the tiger. But actually, it mimics the sound of the creature the tiger fears the most, fearless, hungry babies.
(DISCLAIMER: Neither this gong nor hungry babies will protect you from actual tigers in the wild.)
The 14" Tiger Gong is a pitch-bending gong which will rise in tone as it is played, of the sort used in Chinese opera.
Modern Tiger Trainers - descendents of the not quite immortal Seigfried and Roy - know the only way to frame the fearful symmetry of a 'tiger' is with the ear- through the use of a 14" Tiger Gong.
These Chinese-made percussion instruments possess all the necessary qualities for taming the 'tiger' in your own forest of the night- be that forest literal or metaphorical.