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The gong set Bonang
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bossed gongs of the "Bonang" seem to be all of the same size, but the
pitch and tuning is different and resembles a "pelog" or "slendro"
This old museum model is not what actually can be found in the Gamelan
ensembles, but it gives a good idea how loud a set of gongs can be, and
how difficult it is to tune it precisely.
The bossed knuckles seem to be the trick for tuning, but taking a
hammer in your hand and beating inside is not the solution. There
are a few experts left in Indonesia who know how to tune the Gamelan
instruments, and sometimes they travel worldwide, as there are Gamelan
ensembles in Europe and America as well.