These are handmade HMong free-reed flutes from Sapa, Vietnam, expertly crafted in the small town of Ta Giang Phin by artisan Tsu Tag. These raj are often called raj rau ntiv, literally meaning "six fingerings flute," because they contain six finger holes and a thumbhole, referred to in HMong as qhov qwv—meaning these raj actually have a total of 7 tone holes.
Because these raj contain more fingerings, they are capable of more notes and are able to play the majority of HMong music including all music from the raj nplaim qab ntev, raj nplaim qab luv, and even HMong kwv txhiaj/lug txaj.
Raj Nplaim Me 6 Ntiv | Small "6 finger" Hmong Free-Reed Flute
These raj measure between 15 inches (38 cm) and 17 inches (43 cm) long and approximately 0.5 inches (1.25 cm) in diameter/thickness. The free–reed is made from hand-smithed brass, the body of the flute is made from dried and cured bamboo.