Fret-less Zither > Chordophone.
Thailand > Far East Asia.
Source: Randy Raine-Reusch.
The phin pya (in Thai) and kse diev (In Cambodian)
is a chordophone that is classified as a stick-zither. The word "pin"
come from from the Sanskrit word "veena" or bin respectively. Eight to
ten centuries ago, the distribution of the phin pya was wide, ranging
from India to Indonesia and as far as the Cham kingdom in Vietnam. Today
the phin pya is found in Northern Thailand and in neighbouring Cambodia.
In the Lanna culture men would play the phin pya to serenade women in a
romantic setting. Traditionally the phin pya is is played in ceremonies,
weddings, and funerals. Murals depicting musicians performing on the
phin pya, are found in Viharn Laikam, Thailand.
Throughout Thailand and Cambodia two stringed phin
pya are common. Compositions have been arranged for the phin pya
performed by small chamber orchestras. In the 20th century compositions
for this instrument have been written. In Thai classical orchestras the
phin pya is accompanied by the grajapbi (lute) and recently played to
The phin pya
is held upright in a vertical position closest to the chest. The end-tip
is pointed downwards to the ground. A technique of harmonics is applied
by the left hand lightly touching the string and the left hand plucking
either strings. Only a few notes are played during performance and the
timbre of the phin pya is very quiet.