These are handmade HMong free-reed flutes, expertly crafted by Vahcha Lor (Vam Tshaj Lauj) in Luang Prabang, Laos. As opposed to the raj nplaim qab ntev, Medium–sized free-reed flutes will produce a higher–pitched, "happier" sound that people more often associate with Hmong musical phrases used to talk about love, romance, and courtship.
I work in close relation with artisans to ensure all instruments I provide produce the best possible quality sound. Because each and every one of these instruments are hand-made, they will each sound slightly different to the trained ear; the differences coming from both the artisans' individual works and the differences between every piece of bamboo and brass.
Tus tswv uas txua cov raj nplaim no hu ua Vam Tshaj xeem Lauj, nyob tom Luam Phab Npas, Teb Chaw Nplog. Txhua cov tswv uas kuv ua hauj lwm nrog, yeej yog cov uas txawj ntaus, los sis txawj hlais thiab txawj txua peb Hmoob teb mi raj thiab ncas, los mus rau qeej. Suab txawv ces yuav yog txawv ntawm xyoob ntawm ntoo los xwb.
Raj Nplaim Qab Luv | Medium Hmong Free-Reed Flute
These raj nplaim measure between 22 inches (56 cm) and 29 inches (73.5) long and approximately 0.75 inches (2 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.