The Opera Gong is an percussion instrument and one kind of
Big Gongs, the size of which is bigger than others. Since
the "opera" is pronounced "jing" in Chinese, the Opera Gong
also can be called "Jing" Gong. Many people think it's the
same as "Su" Gong because the characteristics of both are
very simple and the latter one belongs to Big Gongs as well.
Actually, they take too places of "4 Famous Gongs of China".
Some Opera Gongs have pitches that ascend while others have
some pitches that descent. The size of it determines the
direction of the bend. An ascending gong will produce it's
initial tone once being struck and after 2 or 3 beats the
pitch will bend higher. And the descending ones show the
opposite when beaten in the same way. They give mild
overtones and the sound is unique and beautiful.
The Opera Gong is an round and arc like disc. Most of them
are made of copper and fastened along the edge by a frame.
They're mostly used in orchestral music or as accompanying
music in drama to give the atmosphere a chance or boost up
There are two size Opera gongs, 28.5cm and 30cm. For each
gongs, there is a standard small mallet for playing