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157 bangu

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frame: wood; Th.7.5cm
membrane: pig skin, Dm.18.0cm
beaters: 2, bamboo

A single membrane drum. The body is extremely thick, and the diameter of the membrane which actually vibrates is only about 5 cm. The instrument is placed horizontally on cords which extend loosely to the three legs of the stand. Played with two beaters, this instrument produces a piercing tone. Used in the accompaniment of traditional theater and in folk instrumental ensembles. In traditional theater the drummer, who acts as conductor, plays both bangu and paiban.

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