One of the best known crystallophones is the glass harmonica, a set of rotating glass bowls which produce eerie, clear tones when rubbed with a wet finger. Musical glasses, the glass harp, where documented in Persia in the 14th century. The, "'ethereal,'" quality of the instruments such as the glass harmonica exemplified the Empfindsamkeit and for a while, "the instrument was extraordinarily popular...[but] About 1830 the instrument fell into oblivion."
The glass marimba is similar to the marimba, but has bars of glass instead of wood. The bars, which the performer strikes with padded sticks, are perched on a glass box to provide the necessary resonance.
A rare Thai instrument called ranat kaeo (ระนาดแก้ว; literally "glass xylophone") has been used by the Thai music ensemble Fong Naam; it appears on their 1992 CD The Sleeping Angel: Thai Classical Music.
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