The dung chen is a long collapsible metal Tibetan horn usually played in pairs. Dung chen are an integral part of many forms of Tibetan ritual music and are often played with smaller horns, drums and double reeds. Because of their length, some instrument reaching over nine feet or three meters, they create a low powerful sound. Dung chen have become popular outside of Tibet, due to the exportation of lighter copper instruments from Nepal. Older dung chen are made from brass and silver, and much heavier. Dungchen are usually made insections so that they can be collapsed to be carried or stored easily.
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