A valachord was type of musical instrument, played by tapping on keys. The tone of the keys could be described as "a melodious tone tinged with a faint mechanical susurrus behind it. The family of Temmin Wexley owned a valachord. Temmin played old miner songs such as "The Shanty of Cart and Cobble" on it with his father, Brentin, prior to his mother Norra's departure from Akiva to fight in the Alliance to Restore the Republic. Later, Temmin repurposed the valachord so that playing a particular five notes would open a secret passageway from his shop's basement to passages underneath the city of Myrra.