Type: Free Reed > Aerophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 412.132
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The Ala is a free-reed aeroplane of the Bahnar people who reside in the Central Highlands of Vietnam, used for entertainment and personal pleasure.
Construction: A fibre reed is mounted on a small block of wood and tied into place with a string. This instrument has only three finger holes. The other pitches and vibrato can be produced by moving the fingers of the open ends of the pipe. This instrument is played by inhaling only.
Citations: Randy Raine-Reusch @ asza.com [ala article] ;