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Wind instrument: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Wind instrument instruments family is included along with photos when available. Cornett and Rackett are included on this list along with many more. {#nodes}
  • A brass instrument is a musical instrument that produces sound by sympathetic vibration of air in a tubular resonator in sympathy with the vibration of the player's lips. Brass instruments are also called labrosones, literally meaning "lip-vibrated instruments". There are several factors involved in producing different pitches on a brass instrument. Slides, valves, crooks, or keys are used to change vibratory length of tubing, thus changing the available harmonic series, while the player's embouchure, lip tension and air flow serve to select the specific harmonic produced from the available series. The view of most scholars is that the term "brass instrument" should be defined by the way... more on Wikipedia
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  • The cornett, cornetto, or zink is an early wind instrument that dates from the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods, popular from 1500–1650. It was used in what are now called alta capellas or wind ensembles. It is not to be confused with the trumpet-like cornet. The sound of the cornett was produced by lip vibrations against a cup mouthpiece. A cornett consists of a conical wooden pipe covered in leather, is about 24 inches long, and has finger holes and a small horn or ivory mouthpiece.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Ophicleide is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Wind instrument - Instruments in This Family
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    The ophicleide [AHF-ih-klide] is a keyed brass instrument similar to the tuba. It is a conical-bore keyed instrument belonging to the bugle family and has a similar shape to the sudrophone.... more on Wikipedia
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  • Rackett is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Wind instrument - Instruments in This Family
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    The rackett is a Renaissance-era double reed wind instrument. There are several sizes of rackett, in a family ranging from soprano to great bass. Relative to their pitch, racketts are quite small. This is achieved through its ingenious construction. The body consists of a wooden chamber into which nine parallel cylinders are drilled. These are connected alternately at the top and bottom, resulting in a long wind passage within a compact body. However, its unusual construction presents some problems for the player. Because of the unusual arrangement of the bores, the fingering pattern is somewhat unusual. The baroque rackett had an entirely rationalized simpler fingering due in part to the... more on Wikipedia
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