HasapiThe hasapi is a two stringed musical instrument of Indonesia, particularly played by the Batak people. I say that because although the instrument is played by others, it is not called a "hasapi" by them. This instrument is described as a pentatonic two-stringed lute, often referred to as a Kucapi (Pak-Pak/Dairi), or husapi (Simalungun), Kacapi (2 stringed mandolin, with no frets... and some have as many as 18 strings). Variations on a theme may be the best descriptor, since the traditional lute (sampeh, or sampet) of East Kalimantan is similar, two strings, but has three frets. Those intended to be played tend to be conservative in style with minimal ornamentation, while highly ornate versions are available that serve mostly as a wall decoration. The photos below are of the musical instrument style. This instrument was received as a gift from friends in Pematangsiantar. It is a plucked instrument, unlike my violn.
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