The sralai (Khmer: ស្រឡៃ) is a Cambodian wind instrument that uses a quadruple reed to produce sound.[1] The instrument is used in the pinpeat orchestra, where it is the only wind instrument.[1] The set of quadruple reeds are made of palm leaf.[1] The bore of the instrument is not evenly bored, but "slightly conical."[1][2][3] Its cousin, the Western oboe, has a double reed and a conical bore. The pinpeat instruments tune to the sralai's pitch, and the player must learn circular breathing to play continuously without stopping for breath.[1] The sralai is very similar in construction and playing technique to the Thai pi.


  1. Sam, Sam-Ang. "Sralai "oboe"". Retrieved 17 November 2018. ...wind instrument in the Pinn Peat ensemble. Its quadruple reed is made of palm leaf, and its body has a slightly conical bore...
  2. Katherine Brisbane, Ravi Chaturvedi, Ramendu Majumdar, Chua Soo Pong, and Minoru Tanokura; eds. (2005). The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Volume 5: Asia/Pacific, unpaginated. Routledge. ISBN 9781134929771.
  3. André de Quadros; ed. (2000). Many seeds, different flowers: the music education legacy of Carl Orff, p.43. "Four little tongues (reeds) of dried palm leaf are fastened to a brass tube with thread, and the reeds are placed completely in the mouth, with the tongue place under the reeds to control the opening." CIRCME. ISBN 9781740520010.
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