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Like an exclamation point at the end of a sentence, the strike of a gong or tight crash of a cymbal can put the perfect emphasis on the end of a verse. Simply, no marching line or classroom drum set is complete without these vibrant instruments. Whether you're looking for a show stopping wind gong from Dream or a replacement ride cymbal from Zildjian, West Music has the professional grade piece for you or your students. Peruse our diverse array of instruments from top brands like Zildjian, Sabian, Percussion Source and more!

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Dream FENG16 16" Feng (Wind) Gong
Item No. 204306 In Stock
Dream
$170.58 $99.99
Dream CHAU16 16" Chau Gong
Item No. 204311 In Stock
Dream
$189.75 $114.99
Sabian B8X 41623X 16" Suspended Cymbal
Item No. 216628 In Stock
Sabian
$157.00 $87.99
Sabian SBR Brass SBR1606 16" Crash Cymbal
Item No. 214918 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Sabian
$96.00 $57.99
Zildjian A Custom A20514 16" Crash Cymbal
Item No. 212923 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Zildjian
$415.00 $244.95
Zildjian A A0223 16" Thin Crash Cymbal
Item No. 210512 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Zildjian
$382.00 $224.95
Zildjian K K0702 16" Sweet Crash Cymbal
Item No. 217497 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Zildjian
$477.00 $274.95
Sabian B8X 41606X 16" Crash Cymbal
Item No. 216621 In Stock
Sabian
$157.00 $87.99
Sabian XSR XSR1621B 16" Concert Band Cymbals
Item No. 217107 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Sabian
$504.00 $299.99

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    Though cymbals and gongs are similar visually, they share few musical qualities. A gong is large and stands on its own, often used for a dramatic and definitive sound. The cymbal is multifunctional, used often as part of a larger drum kit, and fits well in a variety of play styles.

    No drum kit is complete without the striking sound of a cymbal. Crash, ride, and hi-hat cymbals blend seamlessly into the drum kit, while hand-held cymbals with strong straps are best for concert and marching bands. School bands and professional orchestras love the significant sound of a handheld cymbal during the big football game or symphony performance.

    Aesthetically pleasing and hard to miss due to its sheet size, the gong strongly echoes throughout a classroom setting or concert hall. Chau gongs, also known as tam-tams, are the most common style used in orchestras. Other styles like Feng gongs (wind gongs) offer gentle and roaring sound capabilities. New and experienced percussionists enjoy playing the gong due to the ease of use, making it a perfect instrument for the music class.

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