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Plugging in the chapey: how an ancient instrument went electric

Plugging in the chapey: how an ancient instrument went electric

After more than a millennium in existence, Cambodia’s traditional two-stringed chapey has finally gone electric. National Bank of Cambodia worker Long Borarith, 36, noticed that when chapey masters would play for a crowd, a microphone had to be placed by the sound box. With a passion for playing the instrument himself, and a background in electrical engineering, Borarith figured that turning the chapey up to 11 would be a breeze. Read the full story here and listen to his design in action above.

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