Hatong, or pigeon flutes, are a common sound in Indonesia (turn on your speakers and hit F5 or click here to hear the sound again). The hatong are attached to the main tail feathers of the pigeons, which are then released to fly home. The sound of the flutes is believed to appease the gods. (In the movie ‘The Lost Horizon’ a woman in the monastery is shown how to attach the flutes.)

Hatong have been successfully attached to kites by various kiters. Preferably the hatong are attached along the leading edge of the kite. Aeoliast Uli Wahl glues small magnets to the base of the hatong, so he can stick them on any part of the kite without damaging it.

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Kasogi flute

Kasogi double-tone

Kasogi flutes are the standard flutes available all over Java. They are carved from Sonokeling (Dalbergia sp) and covered with an aluminum or brass top. The Kasogi double-tone (right) is almost as common as the single-tone (left).

Price: $1.00 each, Weight: approx 10 gram, usually ships in 3 days

Kosambi flute

Siamese twins

The Kosambi flutes (left)are less commonly found and made from Sengon (Paraserianthes sp). Most commonly this flute is decorated with a dragon or a bird. The Siamese twins (right) are made from various wood species, with aluminum tops.

Price: $1.35 each, Weight: approx 10 gram, usually ships in 1 week

Five-toned flute (front)

Five-toned flute (back)The five-toned flute originally comes from Central-Java. The flute is completely made of wood, mainly Sengon (Paraserianthes sp). The back is decorated with a bird or scorpion. Most common colors are red, green and black.

Price: $1.60 each, Weight: approx 10 gram, usually ships in 1 week

Collector’s items

Miniature hatongCollector’s items, like the miniature Hatong from Yogyakarta (right), are available from time to time.

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