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Subject: Pku, Shofar
Collection: Argentine Musical Instruments, Hornpipes, Indigenous Culture of the Gran Chaco
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The erkencho is a folk clarinet of the northern region of the Gran Chaco of South America, particularly northwestern Argentina. It consists of a tube 10–13 inches (25–33 cm) long, with a single reed and a cow or goat horn attached at the end, as a hornpipe. Some writers consider the erkencho to be a smaller variant of the erke, with the name erkencho being a diminutive thereof.

See also


  • Anthony Baines, Lexikon der Musikinstrumente, J. B.Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart und Bärenreiter Verlag, Kassel, 1996, ISBN 3-476-00987-4
  • J. B.Metzler, "Lexikon der Musikinstrumente" Bärenreiter Verlag ISBN 3-7618-1220-5

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