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Comparison of the 14" Tiger Gong to 12" Opera, 15" Pasi, 15" Chau & 18" Wind Gongs

 In contrast to the Opera Gong, which has one short sustaining note with no overtones but with the ability to descend (bend), tiger gongs notes do not descend but are long sustaining with overtones.

In contrast to the Wind Gong, which has classic Chinese shimmering sound with overtones, the Tiger Gong has a more full sound - a 14" tiger sounds about as full as a 18" wind gong.  Like the wind gong the tiger gong has a wonder spectrum of overtones, which have long sustains.

The 15" Pasi Gong has a strong bass, which is the dominant sounds.  The bass is very pleasing, warm and beautiful.  The 15" Pasi has no crashy sounds.  This makes it warmer than the tiger gong and opera gong.  Both the Pasi and Tiger produce long sustaining tones with overtones.

The 15" Chau gong does not have crashy-shimmer sound as the Tiger.  The  has a strong bass, long sustaining tones and rich overtones. It is a little higher pitched than the 15" Pasi, but a little lower pitched than the 14" tiger.  

Chaus & Pasi Gongs: A 15" Pasi has a greater bass than a 15" Chau.  However, 15" Pasi is does not have a great bass than a 18" or larger size  chau.  Chaus are made in ten different sizes between 18" and 40".  Pasi gongs are 

Summary of Gong Effects

Wind Gong: Shimmer & Bass,  Long Sustain & Overtones

Tiger Gong: Bass, Crash, Shimmer,  Long Sustain & Overtones

Pasi Gong: Bass, Long Sustain & Overtones

Chau Gongs: Bass, Long Sustain & Overtones.  Similar to Pasi Gong, but Chau Gongs are made in many more sizes.  The largest Pasi is a 15".  The largest Chau is a 52", therefore as a series the chau gongs achieve a much deeper bass, much richer harmonics & much more complex overtone patterns as compared to the Pasi series.

Opera Gong: Ascending or Descending Pitch, short sustain & little overtones.

Order of Bass Tone (from lowest to highest pitch) when Played with a Small (1.5") Mallet & Recommended Mallet Size

18" Wind Gong - The small mallet does not bring out the warmth or bass tones on the 18" Wind gong.  A medium mallet is recommended for the 18" Wind gong. (A medium mallet is included with this gong.)

14" Tiger Gong - The small mallet brings out more bass than the medium mallet.  The small mallet also brings out the crashy and shimmering sounds of the 14" Tiger gong.   A small mallet is recommended for the 14" Tiger.  (A small mallet is included with the Tiger gong.)

15" Pasi gong - Both small (1.5") and medium (3") mallets are recommended for the 15" Pasi. (A small mallet is included with the Pasi gong.)

15" Chau Gong  -  Both small (1.5") and medium (3") mallets are recommended for the 15" Chau.  (A small mallet is included with the Chau gong.)

12" Opera Gong - a small mallet brings out the bending of the pitch and subtle changes and nuances of the 12" Opera gong.    A small (1.5") mallet is recommended for the 12" Opera Gong.  (A small mallet is included with the 12" Opera gong.)

 

Order of Bass Tone (from lowest to highest pitch) when Played with a Medium (3") Mallet & Recommended Mallet Size

18" Wind Gong  - A medium mallet is recommended for the 18" Wind Gong. (A medium mallet is included with the 18" Wind gong.)

15" Pasi gong - Small & medium mallets are recommend for the 15" Pasi.  (A small mallet is included with the Pasi gong.)

15" Chau Gong - Small & medium mallets are recommend for the 15" Chau.  (A small mallet is included with the 15" Chau gong.)

14" Tiger Gong - The medium mallet mutes the sound on the 14" Tiger.  It does bring out some shimmering sounds, but does not bring out the bass as the small mallets.  Yes, the small mallets bring out more bass on the 14" Tiger.  A small mallet is recommend for the 14" Tiger.  (A small mallet is included with the Tiger gong.)

12" Opera Gong - The pitch does not bend easily with a medium mallet; a medium mallet does not bring out change of pitch or the complex sounds that a small mallet brings out.    A small mallet is recommend for the 12" Opera gong.  (A small mallet is included with the Opera gong.)

 

Wuhan Chau Gongs - 10" - 40" chau gongs

Sabian "Chinese" Gongs - 26" - 34" chau gongs

Opera Gong - 12" opera gong

Pasi Gong - 15" Pasi Gong

Tiger gongs - 14" Tiger Gong

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