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date: 14 November 2019

Paigu (‘row drums’)locked

  • Alan R. Thrasher

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(‘row drums’)

Set of barrel drums of the Han Chinese. Five or six medium-sized drums, each with two heads of differing diameters (ranging from about 20 to 40 cm), are arranged in a single row of adjustable frames. They are pre-tuned using Western-style tension rings, and are struck with wooden sticks. The drums can be rotated 180 degrees in their frames to allow use of both heads. Thus, ten pitches are available on a five-drum set. The ...

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