Name: Roneat ek.
Type: Xylophones > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 111.22
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The roneat ek [in Khmer: រនាតឯក; also called ronneat rut] it is a xylophone used in the Khmer classical music of Cambodia. It is built in the shape of a curved, rectangular shaped boat. The roneat ek is the analogous equivalent to the Thai xylophone called ranat ek, and the Burmese bamboo xylophone called “pattala”.
Usage: The Roneat Ek is one of the instruments used in the pinpeat ensemble. In such an ensemble, it is placed to the right o the roneat thung – a lower pitched xylophones.
Construction: The Roneat ek It has twenty-one thick bamboo or hard wood bars that are suspended from strings attached to the two sides. The bars are cut into pieces of the same width, but of different lengths and thickness.