Sheng (Mouth organ), (unisonoric)

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(Collection Oriwohl, Nr. B-48)

The Chinese mouth organ Sheng has been known as a musical instrument for at least 4.500 years. The sheng is still played in China today. Traditionally, the tone set was always diatonic, but in more recent times chromatic instruments have also been found.

The Sheng shown here consists of 17 bamboo pipes with brass reeds and a windchest. A similar instrument called Sho is also played in Japan.