Made of brass; the instrument is held horizontally with the
metal tongue in front of the opened mouth. The left end is either
hit by the thumb of the right hand or plucked (see photograph
below). This makes the metal tongue vibrate which causes a sound.
The mouth serves as a resonator and by changing the shape and
size of the mouth opening, the overtones can be changed, thus
creating a melody. By strongly breathing in or out the volume
can be changed as well.
The string is made of wool.
Dimensions: length: 11,5 cm., width: 1,3 cm.
The Afiw is held before the opened mouth
Photograph copyright: F. de Jager - Courtesy
Philippine Council for Living Traditions