According to historical records, bronze bars have long been used for musical instruments such as cymbals and gongs. It dates back to 3,000 B.C., when the use of such instruments had much significant value in the culture of a people. Ever since that period, bronze has been used to manufacture cymbals.
But what is with bronze that makes it so popular among artisans? Because bronze is made of tin and copper, a beautiful sound is produced when these metals are combined. How thick the musical instrument is also determines the quality of sound. The thicker the bronze is, the higher the sound and vibration it makes. Have you ever wondered how many bronze bars are melted just to manufacture a single gong?
Moreover, bronze is strong and durable, and doesn’t get dented easily. This makes it a perfect material for cymbals, which are percussion instruments. No matter how many times the cymbals are played, the impact doesn’t destroy the metal.
Another musical instrument made of bronze is saron, which is a traditional musical instrument in Indonesia. The saron consists of seven bronze bars placed on top of a frame, the rancak. The saron is 20 cm high, and has to be played by a musician who sits on the floor. Each one of these bronze bars has a varying pitch – an octave below the previous bar. The musician strikes the sarons with a tabuh, or a striking mallet.
Bronze bars are also used for gender barung, another Javanese musical instrument. Gender barung uses 14 bronze bars suspended by a cord over an iron sheet. The iron sheet, on the other hand, is connected to resonating tubes along a frame. The gender barung is struck with two mallets.
A bonang barung, in contrast, uses 12 bronze pots positioned in two rows along a teakwood frame. A tabuh is used to strike the bronze pots.
Components of bronze have also been used to make the piano, harpsichord, or the guitar. Even the tambourine is made of bronze. Saxophones, meanwhile, consist of phosphor bronze.
Care and Maintenance of Bronze Musical Instruments
The color of bronze may change or lose its luster, but it’s nowhere near corrosion. Even if bronze musical instruments are exposed to salty water, and they become greenish, it still doesn’t diminish their quality nor the quality of the sound they make.
Still, bronze musical instruments can be damaged. This is why you should be familiar with the right type of cleaning agents for bronze. Never use anything with strong acid content.
A commercial cleaner is available for cleaning brass and bronze musical instruments. Look for a cleaner that both cleans and polishes the surface of your instrument. As much as possible, the cleaning agent must be water-based, with a gentle formulation, and should not affect the base metal. Most cleaning agents can be used for multiple musical instruments, such as saxophones, trombones, trumpet, gongs, cymbals, and saron.
Bronze bars are undoubtedly still popular among artisans and manufacturers of musical instruments. To know more about how a bronze bar is used in trade and business, and why it is popular, visit this site to learn more about bronze bar in manufacturing.
Diversified Bronze is a bronze manufacturer located in Braham Minnesota.