- David W. Hughes
- and Henry Johnson
Generic term for various types of Japanese metallophone; compound forms take the suffix -gane (‘metal’). It has two main sub-meanings, distinguished in writing—‘gong’ and ‘bell’; in practice, however, these categories are not so distinct. Kane is also used in some areas to refer to cymbals. The pitch of the instruments is not musically significant: they are never tuned to other instruments, nor do they play melodies. (An unimportant exception is the ...