Sompoton is perhaps one of the better known instruments of Sabah. Traditionally from Kampung Tikolod, Tambunan, it is now prevalent among the Kadazandusun and Murut people. The Sompoton is constructed from a dried gourd and eight bamboo pipes arranged in a double-layered raft. A small lamella of polod palm (like a tiny bungkau or jaw's harp) is inserted in the side of each sounding pipe near its based. The pipes are fitted into a hole on one side of the gourd and sealed with bees wax.It's an alien harmonica!!!!! It has that same reedy sound to it. And I don't know what kind of gourd the mouthpiece is made of, but when you draw (suck air) on it, the taste is horrible. I found several youtube videos of these being played and, honestly, it sounds like the same song is being played in very one of them!
The lamellae lie inside the gourd and provide the sound of the completed instrument. The pipes are bound with thin strands of rattan. By blowing or sucking gourd's mouth, the player can produce a soft sweet harmonious sound. It can be played as a solo instrument or in groups to accompany dancing.
I'll learn to play it if she'll dance!!