Ranat ek


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 bamboo bars 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 "roneat ek".

External links

* [http://www.culture.go.th/research/musical/html/en_musical_central.php?musical=ranad_ek "Ranat ek" page]

ee also

*Ranat
*Ranat thum
*Ranat ek lek
*Ranat thum lek
*Traditional Thai musical instruments


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