The northern Indian Shahnai is like the southern Indian Nageshwaram a double reed instrument. It is similar to the western oboe. The sound is produced by holding two reeds that are bound together and tautened in a special way, between the lips and blowing them with a high pressure. This then produces a distinctive sound. The double reed is put onto a metal mouthpiece which is set into a wooden body with finger-holes. At the end of the wooden body there is a metal funnel.
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