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Rene Hugo Sanchez.
The 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.
The 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.