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This playful, now obsolete, Javanese instrument combines antiquated tuned, knobbed bronze bars with a dragon-shaped frame, designed to appeal to European collectors. A trough beneath the bars serves as a resonating chamber. Today, the slento has been replaced by the slentem, a single octave metallophone with thins, flat bars which are suspended on rope above individual tube resonators. A wood or horn beater used with the slento has given way to a padded, disc-shaped mallet associated with the slentem.

Slento, Wood, metal, Javanese

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