The Ching (Cymbal)
The name 'Ching' originates from the sound made by the symbols when tapped together. The Ching which is a percussion instrument of the brass family is usually made of its name sake and shaped like a small saucer. They measure around two and a half inches by two and three quarters inches, and are held together at their centers by a small hole which a cord or string is passed through with a knot at each end. The function of the Ching is to keep time and beat out the rhythm for the fighters .
The Pi Chawa (Java Pipe)
The Pi Chawa or better known as the Java Pipes originates from India where it is said that the Javanese copied the model, (hence the name Java Pipe). It used to be heard during Thai fencing bouts. The sound of the Pi is similar to that of the Scottish bag pipe. It is made hardwood, ivory or sometimes both and comes in six parts and two sections, with an over-all length of sixteen and a quarter inches, the horn is approximately five and a half inches,
The Glawing Khaek (Drums)
The Glaw - ng Khae - k drum has a long cylindrical body, usually made of hardwood and is approximately twenty three inches in length the actual drum heads are made of calf or goat skin. The smaller head is about seven inches in diameter called the Na tan or 'outer head' and the large, Na rui 'loose'. At one time the head was tied down with split cane or rattan, but today leather thongs are commonly used.
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