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Gong Forum / Re: LynxGong purring
« on: March 14, 2018, 11:52:46 AM »

Gong Forum / Re: Scam emails
« on: February 28, 2018, 11:00:40 AM »
Nothing received down under, not from this forum anyway.
I seem to be receiving a lot from fake pay pal sites, asking me to confirm payments Ive supposedly made, for music i would not listen to... ???

I understand that any gong has its own limitations to how much presence and volume it can offer, regardless of the space you habitate.
I share Michael’s  suggestion for consideration of a larger instrument, if your intention is to project sound, satisfactorily into every corner of a space, and feel satisfied yourself with your presentation. Working a gong, or any instrument to its limit, I do not believe appropriate. Consider the example of an amplified P.A system, you wouldn’t drive it at max output, ideally you would source yourself an amp with a greater output capacity and drive it conservatively. The same process I would imagine applicable to gongs.
Amplifying your set up, is the other option, as suggested. Quality PA equipment, isn’t cheap.
Weigh up what you truly would be satisfied personally in terms of sound presentation, and presence.



Gong Photos & Videos / Re: O M G! 90" Paiste Earth (?) Gong at NAMM!!!!
« on: February 07, 2018, 11:30:30 PM »
A very fine looking instrument, the attention to how it presents caught my attention immediately, my meaning here is of its visual appearance.
It is tuned like a Sound Creation, the sizing was achieved by the narrower rim.

Thanks for sharing  :D

Gong Mallets / Re: Cleaning Mallet Heads
« on: January 26, 2018, 01:55:11 AM »
Hello Steven

Everybody has their preferred method, hopefully, other members will share what they know works for themselves.
Keeping mallets clean as a preventative is a practice in itself. If my mallets are laid out, I do so on a known clean sheet/mat. And gongs/ plates etc, if the polish is not buffed out sufficiently, will dirty mallet heads quickly.
Sweaty palms too will give your mallet heads a gradual discoloring.

I could suggest a damp cloth to remove light staining, don't soak the head, as you could affect the inner felt wrap around the core on some mallets.
If you are ok with chemical treatments, you could choose to 'Scotchguard' your mallet heads when you purchase them.
Some mallet heads will naturally fade from their bright new look over time, dependant on choice of materials.



Gong Market / paiste tuned gong
« on: November 16, 2017, 12:00:20 PM »
Third octave, g3
In the UK, if you have an interest I can forward your email address to the current owner.


Gong Market / Meinl ‘Don Conreaux’ gong for sale in Australia.
« on: November 10, 2017, 02:16:53 AM »

On Gumtree Australia, there is a fairly priced Meinl ‘Don Conreaux’ gong for sale.


Gong Forum / Re: Gong gut vs synthetic cord
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:13:08 AM »
My experience of gong gut vs cord or rope, i use both.The Meinl and Oetken gong range are supplied with cord, which works well.I have found that gut when new, can be quite rigid until it loosens up with time and play. Smaller gongs for example in the sub 24 inc size, would suspend poorly so i swapped for cord. I swapped the gut on my 60 Mikroponie for 10mm sisal cord.


Gong Forum / Re: Thai gong
« on: October 27, 2017, 12:21:41 AM »
Of course John, all in good time.
Regards to you  :)

Gong Market / Re: Used Paiste 50" Symphonic
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:29:31 PM »
Not an unreasonable drive, considering the outcome... ;)

Gong Forum / Re: Thai gong
« on: October 24, 2017, 01:28:21 PM »
There will always be a must have, but primarily for a custom order for myself.


Gong Forum / Re: Thai gong
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:59:29 PM »
John, no
I’m focusing on being able to spend in Europe next year when I visit Germany again.
The Thai gong is still available, and negotiable....


Gong Market / Re: Used Paiste 50" Symphonic
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:57:35 PM »
10k AUD....
Then add the shipping and borderforce customs taxes...
A new 50 SGM is 11,999 aud...from Windchimes Australia.
Stop looking at the advert John!.. :)

Gong Forum / Thai gong
« on: August 09, 2017, 11:36:43 AM »
I've been offered a large Thai gong, of which im unfamiliar with. I've owned Vietnamese in the past, and enjoyed playing. From the photo im 'assuming' that its been struck in the centre in the usual manner, but not rubbed as it would be in its country of origin(i made this assumption from the lack of wear on the centre).

What if any is your experience of Thai gongs?, the price seems fair at just over 2k AUD, it might be negotiable and includes the Aussie made Stand.

Gong Mallets / Re: Fleet mallets..
« on: June 28, 2017, 11:27:00 AM »
My mallets arrived today, and im happy with them.
My thoughts on them are:
Well made, with a good balance. The shaft is comfortable and i dont experience any slip as i hold them. Little contact noise with use, and i would say they weigh in at the same as a Olli Hess S186.
Some more for the bag!..

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