Name: Dàn Tinh.
Type: Composite > Lutes > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The đàn tính or tính tẩu [gourd lute], is a stringed musical instrument played by the Tay people of Lạng Sơn Province in Vietnam. Although “tinh tau” originated as a Tay word, both names are used in Vietnamese.
The instrument has two strings in two courses. The strings are made of silk, nylon or fishing wire. It is used by shamans in séances in the hope that it will be animated by spirits.
Citations: Bibliography: Stanley Sadie – New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments ; Maurice Abadie, Walter E. J. Tips – Minorities of the Sino-Vietnamese borderland, 2001. “In reality the Tho (Tay) produce a distinct stringed musical instrument called a tinh tau in Tay and dan tinh in Vietnamese of a type also used by the Thai Khao. the Tay version having one string and the Tai Khao version two strings.” ;