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Opera Gongs are used in the Peking Opera and are also called Bending Gongs or Bender Gongs because the pitch or tone of the gong either bends up or bends down when struck, creating an audible glissando affect either ascending or descending. 

There are different kinds of Opera Gongs; some are called simply Opera Gongs and others are also called Jin Ban Gongs, Jing Bang Gongs or Hand Gongs.

  • Opera Gongs:  Descend in pitch
  • Hand Gongs:  Ascend in pitch
  • Jin Ban:  Ascend in pitch and are highest pitch of all the Opera Gongs

Most often Opera Gongs are played with a small fabric covered mallet or a thin wooden board.

Check out this Opera Gong tuning video from Wuhan, China

Opera Gongs

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08" Hand Opera Gong with Beater High Pitch - The Gong Shop

08" Hand Opera Gong with Beater High Pitch

$29.99

The Hand Gong is an ascending gong; the gong rises in pitch when struck. The 8"/21cm High Pitch Hand Gong is the highest sounding Hand Gong, but lower in pitch then the Jin Ban Gong. 8" Hand Opera Gong comes with WDB25 gong mallet.


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08" Hand Opera Gong with Beater Medium Pitch - The Gong Shop

08" Hand Opera Gong with Beater Medium Pitch

$29.99

The Hand Gong is an ascending gong; the gong rises in pitch when struck. The 8"/21 cm Medium Pitch Hand Gong is the highest sounding Hand Gong, but lower in pitch then the Jin Ban Gong. 8" Hand Opera Gong comes with WDB25 gong mallet.


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09" Hand Opera Gong with Beater Low Pitch - The Gong Shop

09" Hand Opera Gong with Beater Low Pitch

$31.99

The Hand Gong is an ascending gong; the gong rises in pitch when struck. The 9"/22.5cm Low Pitch Hand Gong is the highest sounding Hand Gong, but lower in pitch then the Jin Ban Gong. 9" Hand Opera Gong comes with WDB25 gong mallet.


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