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 CHAU18 18" Chau Gong
Item No. 204312 In Stock
Dream
$266.42 $159.99
$1,122.00 $674.99
Zildjian FX A0618 18" Oriental China Trash Cymbal
Item No. 210574 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Zildjian
$473.00 $274.95
Sabian HHX Evolution 11806XEB 18" Crash Cymbal
Item No. 210224 Ships directly from Manufacturer
Sabian
$561.00 $334.99
Zildjian A Custom A20516 18" Crash Cymbal
Item No. 210627 In Stock
Zildjian
$490.00 $284.95
Sabian AAX 21822XC 18" Marching Band Hand Cymbals
Item No. 217860 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Sabian
$874.00 $524.99
Sabian AA 21823 18" Suspended Cymbal
Item No. 210388 Temporarily out of stock, reserve yours today
Sabian
$417.00 $229.99
Sabian XSR XSR1816B 18" China Cymbal
Item No. 216979 In Stock
Sabian
$311.00 $184.99
Sabian B8X 41811X 18" Crash/Ride Cymbal
Item No. 216622 In Stock
Sabian
$182.00 $99.99

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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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