- Patricia Matusky
(1) Oboe of Peninsular Malaysia. The slightly conical body is carved from wood and has seven fingerholes and a thumbhole. A removable bell is usually carved with bamboo shoot or flower designs and painted in bright colors, while the top end of the body (above the first fingerhole) is also ornately carved and painted with the bamboo shoot design. A slightly conical metal staple about 6 cm long is inserted into the upper opening. Surrounding the staple is a metal disk or pirouette about 3 to 4 cm in diameter, called ...