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Most of the Javanese gamelan gongs are made of bronze, but sometimes they are made of iron.  Although they are many different sizes of gong in Javanese gamelan, they are all in circular shape with a protruding knob at the center.  During playing, the central knob is struck by a wooden mallet.  Different kinds of mallet are used to struck on different types of gong. 

There are two types of gongs in Javanese gamelan, refer to the way in which the gongs are supported:

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   redbullet.gif (1005 bytes) The Cradled Gong

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