Keranting [kerantung, kerantegn, kereb, kerim, kreb, krem, pergam]
- Jack Percival Baker Dobbs,
- Trân Quang Hai
- and Patricia Matusky
Tube zither, idiochord or heterochord, of the Orang Asli peoples of West Malaysia. It is constructed of a stout piece of bamboo about 33 to 170 cm long, with a node at each end, from the surface of which narrow, parallel strips of bark are prised lengthwise, attached at both ends, to serve as strings. Over each end of the tube a strong rattan ring is placed to prevent the instrument from splitting and to stop the strings from breaking away. Wedges inserted under the strings act as bridges, and the instrument can be tuned by moving the wedges. In some cases holes are made in the bamboo to increase resonance, and small pieces of wood can be stuck on to it to serve as frets. The number of strings varies....