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The mouthorgan Keluri
The  "Keluri" from Borneo belongs to the "Iban" poeple in Sarawak.
This reed mouthorgan is tuned in a pentatonic scale and not so easy to play, as the finger holes are in awkward positions.

Mouthorgans are not as widespread as in mainland SE-Asia, but still models like this or the "Sompoton" know rich song traditions.

The longest tube always sounds as a drone, while the player holds the instruments with both hands and breathes in and out.

Changing pitch with the thumb at the lower end is not possible as the tubes end in the gourd. Sometimes additional smaller gourds will be attached to the end of the tubes to increase volume.

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