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Bālābān [balaman, yasti balaman, duduk]locked

  • Jean During,
  • Johanna Spector,
  • Scheherazade Qassim Hassan
  •  and Mark Slobin


(1) Cylindrical oboe of the Caucasus (particularly Azerbaijan), northern Iran and north-east Iraq. In northern Iran the bālābān is also known by its older Turkish name nerme ney or mey. It has a cylindrical wooden pipe, a broad reed and eight finger-holes, giving the scale E♭ (with an A♮). The warm, full tone of the ...

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