Type: Aerophones > Reeds > Shawms.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 422.112
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The sralai [in Khmer: ស្រឡៃ sralai] is a wind instrument used in the pinpeat royal court orchestra of Cambodia. Its quadruple reed is made of palm leaf, and its body has a slightly conical bore. Belonging to the conical bore double / multiple reed family of wood-wind instruments.
The instruments used in the pinpeat tune to the sralai’s pitch. Circular breathing is required to maintain the long notes through the performed melodies. The sralai is very similar in construction and playing technique to the Thai pi.