Gear & Set Up

People have been asking me about my set up that I use. I generally have 1 set up that I use for all occasions: Gong Meditations, solo performances, and performances with others. The instrumentation will vary with the type of music being played, the size of the stage/venue, and mostly what instruments I feel like playing at each given moment.

Here we are in August 2018. My set up has evolved once again with the addition of the copper clad iron bells in the upper left, and some miscillanious small bowls, bells, and shakers. The basic set up remains the same as the July 2017 photo further below, but is always evolving as my musical vision widens.

Set Up 2018

Below is a July 2017 photo of most of my basic set up. Below that is a list of instruments in the set up.

2017 Set up

1)  4 - Burma Bells and 1 - Martin Bläse Trigon tuned to the Sun. Immediately below are a Paiste 6” Bell Chime and a very old UFIP 6” Ice Bell.

2) 4 - Burma Bells. Below them are an old UFIP 9” Ice Bell and 9” & 10” Paiste Pure Bells.

3) An old UFIP Ictus 75 12” Lokole and an L’Govsky Bilos/Bell Plate tuned to E.

4) Difficult to see because it’s turned away from the camera is a 12” Paiste 602 Ring Chime that I made from a broken cymbal. Also, missing from the left side of the bar is a 12x12” aluminum Bell Plate.

5) 32” Paiste Symphonic Gong. This is my main Gong. I base all my other sounds around it.

6) 32” Paiste Sound Creation #3 Earth Gong.

7) 28” Paiste Jupiter Planet Gong.

8) 13” Michael Paiste Volcano Gong.

9) 26” Paiste Sound Creation Sky Gong (prototype)

10) 10-Japanese Rin Bowls.

11) 1-Rin Bowl and 4 Singing Bowls.

Not seen: on the right side of the rack I usually have an old 24” UFIP Tampang and a 24” Paiste Venus Planet Gong.

On the floor I usually have 5 Drilbu hand bells of various sizes/tunings, 2 small wooden shaker boxes, and an old Hugh Tracey alto Kalimba.

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December 2018

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Above is a solo concert photo from April, 2017. In addition to what is shown in the 1st set up photo, on the far right of the rack there are 3-UFIP Tampangs: 24/16/15.75”. In the front left is my 10x26” Slingerland Haskell Harr model Scotch Bass Drum that I often use as a sound table.

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Here is another view from a concert in April 2017. You can see the Ring Chime on the rack to the lower right of the bass drum. There is also a set of 5 UFIP Ogororo Bell Plates above the 2 large Gongs. Also, in the lower right of the photos are some small Chinese Opera Gongs and Paiste Accent Gongs.

Below are some adaptations of my set up for different performances:

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Small Set Up

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