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  • Instruments - 6. Patala : Xylophone. Myanmar - Music of the legendary "Golden Land". "Patala instruments are usually the Wa Patala (Wood Xylophone). / The Wa Patala consists of 24 bamboo plates placed above a resonating box, starting with the lowest pitch on the players left side and the highest pitch on the player’s right side. The plates get beaten by two mallets, actually tuned in a diatonic scale and ranging over three octaves. / The name patala means a musical instrument on which you can play from the crescendo to the bases or from the base to the crescendo. We can find similar instruments under different names in Thailand (known as “ranaad”) and Cambodia (known as “roneat”). / A video of a Wa Patala being played:"