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Button Gongs Comments Off on Button Gongs

Button Gongs

The terms ‘gong’ and ‘tam-tam’ are often used interchangeably. Technically, gongs have an identifiable pitch while tam-tams are indefinite-pitched instruments having a wider spectrum...

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Pi Phat Ensemble Comments Off on Pi Phat Ensemble

Pi Phat Ensemble

Donated by the Celeste and Emil Richards Estate. The Thai Pi Phat ensemble is similar to the better known Indonesian gamelan orchestra. The instruments here are the basis of the Pi Phat, including: Khong Wong...

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Javanese Gender Comments Off on Javanese Gender

Javanese Gender

The Gender is a small-range metallophone with bronze bars suspended over resonators. Gamelan orchestras from Java and Bali include the gender, xylophones, drums, gongs, and sometimes wind and string...

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Tam-Tams and Gongs Comments Off on Tam-Tams and Gongs

Tam-Tams and Gongs

The terms ‘tam-tam’ and ‘gong’ are often used interchangeably. Technically, tam-tams are indefinite-pitched instruments, whereas gongs have a clearly identifiable...

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The Marxophone and Yang Chin Comments Off on The Marxophone and Yang Chin

The Marxophone and Yang Chin

(1993-06-22) Donated by the Celeste and Emil Richards Estate. Measuring 13 inches by 19 inches, this Marxophone has a faceplate showing the C to C scale above the tongues, and Patent No. 1044553. Chordophones...

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Chinese Tom-Toms Comments Off on Chinese Tom-Toms

Chinese Tom-Toms

(2008-03-04 and 2008-03-05) Donated by Bob Bloom Chinese tom-toms, manufactured in China and imported by Ludwig. Note the mount on the smaller drum, and the Ludwig label on the larger drum. Chinese tom-toms...

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Angklung Comments Off on Angklung

Angklung

Angklung are idiophonic instruments native to Indonesia. Traditionally, large numbers of them are shaken for ceremonial dances. They can also be played by a group of musicians, each of whom has one instrument...

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Joged Bumbung Comments Off on Joged Bumbung

Joged Bumbung

(1993-02-23) Donated by the Celeste and Emil Richards Estate. The Joged (or Joget) Bumbung instrument is so-called because of its use in an instrumental ensemble of the same name used to accompany a...

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