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date: 18 November 2019

Kertuk kelapa [kertok kelapa]locked

  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs
  • , revised by Patricia Matusky


[kertok kelapa]

Xylophone of West Malaysia. The resonator is a large dried-out coconut (kelapa: coconut) with the top sawn off (if a box is used instead, the instrument is called kertuk kayu). A single bar of nibong wood or bamboo is placed across the open top of the resonator. A piece of softwood separates the bar from the resonator. The bar is struck with a short wooden beater padded with rubber or raw cotton; either the padded part of the beater or its wooden tip can be used to strike the bar to achieve different timbres. Three long wooden pegs hold the bar in position: one passes through the bar while the others flank it. A tall ornamental wing is sometimes added. Occasionally four additional projections are used, two on each side of the bar. A well-made kertuk kelapa might last for four or five seasons.

Originally a form of kertuk kelapa...

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