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    The Gubal, a Swiss percussion instrument.
    http://www.hangblog.org/information-...uying-a-gubal/

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    Hmm, hard to pick just one -- there are so many great sounds.

    I love the way timpani dance back and forth, the dramatic force of the crash cymbals, the shimmer of the suspended cymbal, the playful variety of the tambourine, the rolling waves of the gong, the goofy tacka-tack of the xylophone, the mellow ring of the vibraphone ... but I'm tempted to pick the triangle, just because it's so under-rated, yet it can add such a certain magical je ne sais quoi with just a note or two.

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    Mine is the tam-tam. It is often referred to as the 'gong', but strictly speaking it isn't a gong as it has no raised central section, however I'm not going to worry about that particularly as so many people FAR more knowledgeable than me regularly refer to the instrument as a 'gong'. I like how it can be so, so quiet (e.g. Tchaikovsky 6th symphony), or it can give a shimmer that sounds almost like a breath of air around the orchestra at a mid-volume, or it can completely overwhelm at big volume. The power of a really big tam-tam is astonishing:



    I also find it is the instrument that is most varied in terms of recordings, for example: two tam-tams (one smaller, one larger) have major roles in Mahlers' 2nd symphony and at the very end it is only they and the bells that are 'active' (i.e they perform over a long held note by the rest of the orchestra) before the final chord. However, in so many recordings either one of them or both are so poorly recorded as to be seemingly absent. However, a very good recent performance has 3 tam-tams including a real monster of an instrument - the performance at the 2011 Proms by the SBYOoV and Gustavo Dudamel.

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    If you like tam-tams and gongs, you should visit me at my "day job" sometime...

    gong 1.jpg

    gong 2.jpg

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    Percussion.... the celesta and piano, if they count. If not, the glockenspiel most probably.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rrudolph View Post
    If you like tam-tams and gongs, you should visit me at my "day job" sometime...

    gong 1.jpg

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    I would really enjoy that, but unfortunately it seems you are about 3.5 thousand miles away
    Thanks for the offer though.
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    Cymbals: despite the rather cliched role given to them in 18th and 19th century works, they have a huge range of timbres and subtle nuances that add a special "splash" to the music.

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    Gamelan.
    Harry Partch's original instruments.
    Recently, when I listened to Alvin Lucier's Silver Streetcar for the Orchestra for the first time (thanks to SilverSurfer), I was totally fascinated with the triangle.

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    Other best uses: Tam Tam: end of Saint Gregory the Great, Respighi Church Windows. Eisenblech-Bogen (iron sheet): Mosolov Iron Foundry. Music to speed the parting guest.

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    I recommend playing UFO drum, a steel tongue drum from Bali, Indonesia.

    The first UFO drum was created in Siberia. Now we produce UFO Drums on the "Island of Gods" - Bali. Where from past people have national metal idiophone musical instrument "Gamelan". Each of UFO drum is perfectly hand-tuned by 20 years of experience master.


    Our UFO Drums have moreover been used with much achievement by approved music consultants and their patients in an extensive variety of ways. You will love having the ability to add a melodic portion to your beats. An instinctual strategy to the notes makes it easy to explore new musical horizons.

    The strong intelligent tones are calming and mind boggling for loosening up at whatever time. Besides, because of its insignificant design you can take it outside and welcome it in nature. Your next outside trek won't be done without UFO Drum time around the outdoors fire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by norhanity4621 View Post
    I recommend playing UFO drum, a steel tongue drum from Bali, Indonesia.

    The first UFO drum was created in Siberia. Now we produce UFO Drums on the "Island of Gods" - Bali. Where from past people have national metal idiophone musical instrument "Gamelan". Each of UFO drum is perfectly hand-tuned by 20 years of experience master.


    Our UFO Drums have moreover been used with much achievement by approved music consultants and their patients in an extensive variety of ways. You will love having the ability to add a melodic portion to your beats. An instinctual strategy to the notes makes it easy to explore new musical horizons.

    The strong intelligent tones are calming and mind boggling for loosening up at whatever time. Besides, because of its insignificant design you can take it outside and welcome it in nature. Your next outside trek won't be done without UFO Drum time around the outdoors fire.
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    thank you i appreciate it! can i ask something? have you played this type of instrument?

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    "All of Italian opera can be heard in [Bellini's] "Ah! non creda [mirarti]."
    --Renata Scotto in "Scotto, More Than a DIva."

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    Quote Originally Posted by norhanity4621 View Post
    thank you i appreciate it! can i ask something? have you played this type of instrument?
    No I don't, I will stick to the piano.
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    Default Favorite Percussion Instrument

    Quote Originally Posted by Pugg View Post
    No I don't, I will stick to the piano.
    here's the video of how to play it!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo9y...ature=youtu.be

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