(also spelled slentem
) is an instrument in the gamelan
. It is similar to the family of sarons
, in that it usually has seven keys and a range of about an octave, pitched below the saron demung (the lowest saron), and generally the same as the slentho
. However, in sound it is much softer than the saron, because its keys are in the delicate shape of those of the gendér
, and it is hit with soft mallets (tabuh
) like those used on the gendér. The resonator bars below the keys are more similar to the gendér than the saron.
It generally plays the basic melody (balungan) of a composition, although it sometimes uses techniques similar to the saron to elaborate. It is especially favored in quieter gamelan ensembles (such as Gamelan Gadhon); however, it is adds a subtle touch to louder ones as well and is common to many groups.