This ‘Indonesian Gamelan – Budget – 15 Player Class Pack – Budget Buddies’ is perfect for lunchtimes, after school clubs and small class groups of pupils from age 6 upwards, as well as for community groups of any age.
It’s excellent value for money and contains all the items you need to get your own Gamelan ensemble off of the ground – playing, performing and composing.
The Budget metallophones are light and compact but also well-made with good sound quality. It can be a good choice if you’re budget is limited, or if portability is a key restrictive factor.
This Budget pack includes 5 large instruments (a Gong, a Balinese drum, and 3 metallophones) as well as 10 pairs of Ceng Ceng (Balinese cymbals), used to keep time and mark accents. Overall this set provides a wide range of authentic Gamelan sounds, making it easy to split the group into buddy threes, each with one bigger and two smaller instruments.
The three sizes of metallophone (each of which is decorated in traditional red, blue and gold with metal keys suspended from bamboo poles over individual sound chambers), give a range of 3 octaves.
These and all our Gamelan instruments are made in Bali, Indonesia. The metallophones in this budget set use recycled metal for the keys and have low cost wooden casings but they have the same Gamelan Gong Kebyar Pelog Selisir tunings as the more expensive Standard and Premium models, and are just as authentic. The Balinese drum is of solid jackfruit wood construction with two cow skin heads and tuning knots and the Gong has a bronze centre for improved resonance.
The instruments have been specially modified for use in the classroom. The sturdy metal Gong stand can be disassembled into sections if you need to move it around and the metallophone casings have smooth finishes and have rubber bases to protect the floor surface.
Special storage/carry bags are also available and will help to prolong the lives of the instruments, as well as making it safe and easy to move them around for outside events.
Also included are two teaching guides by World Music expert Andy Gleadhill; ‘Indonesian Gamelan’ and ‘Percussion Buddies’. The Indonesian Gamelan book will take you from the basics through to your first performance in just 10 lessons, and there’s plenty of repertoire for a year or more of playing with ten pieces, suggestions on teaching delivery and a blank resource to photocopy to assist with planning and composition work. The Percussion Buddies book will show you how to develop percussion accompaniments for almost any piece, whether Gamelan, drumming, choral, ukulele or any ensemble.