Kong Ring

Name: Kong Ring.
Type: Chordophones > Zithers > Tube.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 312.11
Country: Cambodia.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The kong ring or gung treng [in Khmer: គង់រេង kong ring or gung treng] is a Cambodian tube zither, in which a tube of bamboo is used as a resonator for stings that run along the outside of the tube, lengthwise. This instrument has the same musical application as the “bossed gongs” circular gongs that have a rounded knob in the centre, like a shield boss. The Kong ring may substitute for the gongs and accompany singing.

Types: the tradition uses the bamboo strings cut from the same piece of bamboo tube. Bridges from end to end were inserted underneath to raise the strings, allowing room for plucking them.

There is a more modern style utilizing new materials. Originally, the strings played were created by cutting the outer layer or crust of the bamboo. There are seven strings who are left attached at each end. Long and narrow resonance strings are cut into the bamboo tube. Bridges were cut from bamboo and inserted underneath each string.

The kong Ring may also be constructed from using modern materials. The Kong Ring utilities metal wire and has wooden tuning pegs inserted. Sometimes a gourd maybe affixed to the instrument for resonance.

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