double reed

  1. a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together to produce the sound in some woodwinds
  2. a woodwind that has a pair of joined reeds that vibrate together
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  • Exceptions are the zampogna, the musette, and the uillean pipes, which have double reeds throughout.
  • Most woodwind instruments have a single or double reed. Times, Sunday Times
  • The musical difficulty, the nasal quality of the tone and the fact that everyone tunes off the oboe gives double reed players an aura of snobbery; whether it's real or perceived depends on the player.
  • Grainger also intensifies dissonance from the normal ‘melody’ instruments and draws an acidic sound from the winds, by emphasizing the double reeds.
  • A sackbut is a brass horn that looks alot like a trombone with a slightly smaller bell, and a shawm is a double reed instrument that is a predecessor to the oboe. Calling all Brits - The Panda's Thumb
  • This cornemuse had but one drone which could, like the others, be lengthened for tuning by drawing out the joint; the reed was not a beating-reed but a double reed like that of the chaunter; this constitutes the main difference between the two cornemuses. Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2 "Baconthorpe" to "Bankruptcy"
  • I play bassoon in a double reed group at my school and one member of our group has just bought a contra bassoon, and we're all really excited!
  • In English it becomes hautboy, a wooden musical instrument of two-foot tone, I believe, played with a double reed, an oboe, in fact. Local Color
  • The oboe is one of two commonly found double reed woodwinds (the bassoon is the other), a family of musical instruments that produces sound by channeling vibrations made by blowing on two thin pieces of material. Chicagoist
  • The double reed consists of two blades of cane bound together (or a single blade folded over and cut at the fold to separate the two blades) so that they beat against each other, as on shawms, oboes, and bassoons.
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