Category Archives: Plucked


Dan Moi

Name: Dan-Moi.
Type: Jaw-Harp > Lamellaphones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.22
Country: Vietnam.
Region: South East Asia.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch @

Description: The Dan-Moi is the traditional jaw-harp of the Meo [Hmung] people in Vietnam. Made of a thing brass and carried in a bamboo case decorated with brightly coloured fabric. The Vietnamese name Dan-Moi literally translates as “instrument of the lips”. As such, these instruments became very popular in the tourist market. These are mass produced in factories rather then by hand, dan-moi are available in a variety of sizes and style.

Modern đan-moi are, sturdy and durable in their construction. They, are much more precise in playing and tuning than their traditional counterparts. International demand for these jaw-harps is increasing.

Citations: Bibliography: Stanley Sadie ~ New Grove Dictionary of Music Volume Two G to O Websites: Randy Raine-Reuch @ [dan moi article].


Name: Kongtha.
Type: Jaw-harp > Guimbards > Lamellaphones > Idiophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 121.222
Country: Bhutan.
Region: South Asia.

Description: The kongtha is a tension jaw harp from Bhutan. They are made from very thin bamboo and are very light and extremely fragile. Yet due to their lightness, they are also very easy to play.

Citations: Randy Raine-Reusch @ [Kongtha article].