Any serious gong enthusiast has to have a Targo
- Ed Mann
Looks kind of like a Chinese wind gong but it is very different. It is not pounded out from a pancake of bronze like an Asian gong, it is cast-to-shape like a church bell, then lathed and hammered, like a cymbal.
It is manufactured like a bell (cast to shape) but in the shape of a gong, but without a border, which makes it also like a cymbal, but because it is not thin like a cymbal and does not have a center-drilled hole, it is like a chime. So, it is a bell/gong/chime. It is best played like one plays a cymbal, harder/smaller tapping mallets like Balter M1 or M3, or Paiste M9. That type of mallet brings out a variety of tones, and then you can play each area of the gong to get different harmonic combinations.
Good with super balls and amazing with a bow, it has massive low drone bow tone (I do not have any recordings of that). The highlight of this gong is extremely long sustains.
Listen to the slow envelope of the mid and upper harmonics. There is a 3rd sound which is like a roar... there are some of those strokes at the end of the recording. This gong, more than any other, is a teacher. It will show you how to use finger and wrist movements to articulate new sounds, that is like cymbal technique for a drummer.
This 28" cast bell-bronze (B20) disc is poured, lathed and hammered by the master artisans at UFiP in Pistoia, Italy. The instrument is like no other -a combination gong, cymbal, bell and chime that gives the sound explorer a huge range of tonalities, textures and modulations to sculpt the air with. The sheer mass of this disc allows for slow, medium and fast sound envelopes to occur and sustain themselves simultaneously. This gong is a Trip! and has a lot to teach to novice or seasoned gong players. It is gorgeous to look at, it looks just like it sounds. - Ed Mann
$1,270 - (shipping from Italy included) $1060.00 for the 24"
UFIP history goes back to the renaissance, casting church bells in the very same foundry they were in 600 years ago. The process is very intensive and expensive.
Luigi and Damiano Tronci are the cymbal and bell designers and makers with their 20 workers.
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