Picture Credit: Dr. Han Kuo-Huang
Pelog Panerus (read this)
Slendro Panerus (read this)
Saron Panerus also known by its nickname Peking. It is the smallest saron in the Saron family. Compared to Saron Barung, Saron Panerus sound an octave higher in pitch.
The metal bars of Saron Panerus are smaller than those of the Saron Barung and Saron Demung. Like those of Saron Demung and Saron Barung, in Saron Panerus, the higher the pitch the smaller the bar. The measurements of the smallest Saron Panerus bar is approximately 18cm long by 4cm wide. However, these Panerus bars are thicker than those of the Saron Barung and Saron Demung. All Saron family metal bars are in arch shape, in which, each bar has a flat bottom and a arch top. As the pitch rises, the arch of the bar also rises. The thickness (at the center) of the smallest Panerus bar is approximately 2.5cm.
Because of the size of these smaller bars, the mallets of the Saron Panerus are smaller than those of the Saron Barung and Saron Demung. However, the thickness of Panerus metal bars required a harder mallet to struck on. A buffalo horn is usually used for the head of the mallet. This buffalo head helps to produce a bright and piercing sound .
There are two types of Saron Panerus, Pelog Panerus and Slendro Panerus. These two types of Panerus are of different tuning system.
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