Tro Khmer

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Three-stringed tro khmer fiddle. Sound box is made from a coconut, chosen to resemble the silhouette of an elephant's head from the front, the trunk the instrument's leg.[1][2]

The tro Khmer (Khmer: ទ្រខ្មែរ) is a traditional bowed string instrument from Cambodia. Its body is made from a special type of coconut covered on one end with snake skin, and it has three strings.[1] Instruments are not standardized, and coconuts vary in size; however the instrument's sound bowl may have dimensions 16.5 cm by 14 cm.[2] In the past the strings were made of silk. By the 1960s, metal strings were in use, and the sound of the instrument changed, becoming sharper.[1]

The tro Khmer is closely related to a Thai instrument called saw sam sai.


  1. ^ a b c Kersalé Patrick. "Fiddle - tro khmer". Retrieved 23 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b Khean, Yun; Dorivan, Keo; Lina, Y; Lenna, Mao. Traditional Musical Instruments of Cambodia (PDF). Kingdom of Cambodia: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. p. 59.

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