For thousands of years gongs have played a vital role in religious and secular music in Asian cultures.
When played, the gong player first warms up by hitting the gong gently around a circle outside the center of the gong. This starts the gong vibrating. Then when you hit the center it creates a loud sound that continues ringing softer and softer until it stops vibrating.
Bronze gong is suspended by a cord, wooden gong beater included. 8" weighs 3 lbs. 12" weighs 10 lbs.