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  • Natalie M. Webber


Double clarinet of Sri Lanka. Two slender reed pipes, approximately 15 cm long, extend from a bottle gourd, which acts as a windcap; the opposite, narrow end of the gourd has a blowhole. Idioglot single reeds are cut in the portion of the pipes within the gourd. The right-hand (melody) pipe has six fingerholes and the left (drone) two tuning holes, which can be sealed with wax, on the underside. A simpler version of the pipe, without the gourd windcap, is widely used. As its name (‘cobra pipe’) suggests, the instrument is used exclusively for snake charming....

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