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Asa-tayak

Asa-tayak (asa-musa) – this instrument is made from a wooden stick with various sounding ornaments attached to it, which are set in motion by striking the stick against the floor.

Traditionally, the stick measures about 50 cm, and towards the top of it are small discs (about 3 cm in diameter), buttons, sheep bones (alchik), wooden blocks, rags of fabric, all attached to it by horsehair. Over the course of time, both the function and the design of the instrument have changed. In modern folklore ensembles it features mainly as a decorative instrument, and now typically three times as long as its traditional predecessor, (about a meter and a half in length), and the attachments can include hand bells, rattles (konguroo, shaldyrak), as well as other adaptations which hang on either side.

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