- Ranat ek
The "ranad ek" ( _th. ระนาดเอก) is a Thai
xylophone. It has 21 or 22 wooden bars suspended by cords over a boat-shaped trough resonator, and is played with two mallets. It is used as a leading instrument in the " piphat" ensemble.
"Ranat ek" bars are typically made from
rosewood(" Dalbergia oliveri"; _th. ไม้ชิงชัน; "mai ching chan"), although in rare instances instruments with bamboobars can be found.
Some "ranat ek" players are able to play two instruments at the same time, placed at right angles to each other.
The "ranat ek" is very similar to a Cambodian xylophone called "
* [http://www.culture.go.th/research/musical/html/en_musical_central.php?musical=ranad_ek "Ranat ek" page]
Ranat ek lek
Ranat thum lek
Traditional Thai musical instruments
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