The world of gongs consists of numerous types and each one of these has got multiple names so things can get a little confusing. What we are talking about in this little segment is the Sun Gong and Bell Percussion have their very own selection. I’m finding it difficult to contain my swelling excitement.
Sun gongs are also commonly known as wind gongs, but feng and lion gong are also terms used for the same instrument. A sun gong is a flat sheet of metal, and the metal of choice is usually bronze, however, brass or nickel-silver can also be used to create this ethereal instrument. A couple of holes are pierced through the top of the gong to allow for strong string to be pulled through, which then enables the instrument to be placed on a stand.
Sun gongs vary in size and are typically hung on a gong or tam tam stand. There are a number of different stands on the market these days, but the best ones are height adjustable, thus offering the player more options when it comes to positioning. A tam tam or gong beater is used to strike the gong and the “sweet spot” is usually found just below the centre point.