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date: 19 November 2019

Phin pia [pin pia]locked

  • Andrew C. McGraw
  •  and Andrew Shahriari

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[pin pia]

Plucked fretless stick zither of Thailand. It consists of a shaft of hardwood, a half coconut shell resonator, a wood connector rod, a bronze end piece, and typically two to seven metal strings. The shaft is about 1 metre long and 2.5 cm in diameter, tapering towards the lower end where the cast bronze end piece (hua pia, often in the shape of an elephant’s head) is affixed. The resonator is about 18 cm in diameter and is placed about 15 cm from the top of the shaft. Wooden tuning pegs pass completely through the shaft at the top. The strings are affixed at the lower extremity to the end piece and stopped at the top by a length of nylon, cotton, or silk twine, which holds the strings against the shaft. The twine wraps around the shaft and passes through a connector rod (approximately 3 cm long) to affix the resonator below the shaft. The instrument does not have a bridge or nut, though some players place a thin piece of rattan underneath the strings just below the top-end twine to raise them slightly above the shaft. Nowadays musicians use guitar or violin strings, sometimes using heavier-gauge brass ...

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