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date: 18 November 2019

Taphon [tapone]locked

  • David Morton

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[tapone]

Barrel drum of Thailand. It is made from a single piece of teak or jackfruit wood. The body is 48 to 50 cm long and the two heads are 25 and 22 cm in diameter. The edges of the heads are sewn with twisted strands of cane, then leather thongs are pulled through the loops of cane to attach both heads to the body. More thongs are woven around the central bulge of the body, and a carrying handle is affixed to the top of the bulge. The centre and rim of each head are painted with a preservative made from the sap of a tree, and a tuning-paste of cooked rice and ashes is applied to the centre of the larger head. The taphon is mounted horizontally on a stand. Eleven varied strokes are used in performance, requiring the use of either or both hands, one striking each head. The ...

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