Klong Thap

Name: Klong Thap.
Type: Goblet Drum > Membranophones.
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Description: The klong thap [in Thai: กลองทับ, pronounced [klɔːŋ tʰáp] it is a moderate-sized goblet shaped drum used for providing the changes of rhythm and for supporting rhythm of the Nora [Southern dance drama]. It’s length is about 40-50 cm. The body is made from heartwood of a jackfruit tree that has been carved into a goblet shape. 

A single drumhead is covered by a thin leather made from langur skin or cat skin, which is attached to the body by cloth strings of rattan strings. The klong thap is almost always played in a pair, with one slightly lower in pitch called luk thoeng and one slightly higher in pitch called luk chap.


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