345 sheng

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30 bamboo pipes; L. 84.5 cm
brass wind chamber (sheng dou)
range: g-d'''; equal temperament

Bamboo pipes are arranged in three rows and inserted in the holes of the top of the wind chamber. A piece of wood into which a plastic reed has been inserted is attached to the end of the pipe. The player supports the instrument at the base with both hands, and pushes keys that are connected to each tube. Blowing and sucking air through the mouth hole produces a sound. A vibrato effect can be can be produced by movements of the throat or tongue, and both single pitches as well as chords can be played. The instrument is used mainly for accompaniment in folk ensembles.

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