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Source: Rene Hugo
ronrocco is a 10 stringed lute found in Bolivia. It is also played in
neighbouring Peru. In appearance it is slightly larger then the
charango yet quite similar in construction. When comparing the tuning
and size of the two instruments of the ronrocco to the charango. One
can use the analogy like the mandola is to the mandolin. The ronrocco
is played either solo or with other instruments, charango, guitar and
percussion. Often the ronrocco is tuned to a fourth, fifth or an
octave below. The ronrocco does very slightly in size.
body of the ronrocco is traditionally hand carved from a tree trunk
using the same design and assembly techniques as its higher pitch
counterpart, the charango. First a section of a log is selected, then
it is sculpted down into detail. Being a laborious process this
process takes the longest eventually it comes into shape. The neck and
the body then are joined. Later the fingerboard is selected from
varieties of tropical hardwood, including rosewood, ironwood or ebony.
The fingerboard on my specimen is ornamental having two parallel
strips of bamboo inlaid for ornamentation. The same string-set
available for charango may also be used for the ronrocco.