For sites about specific instruments and their families. Subjects include musical range and tone, technical specifications, history, and instrument making, manufacture and repair.
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Taxonomy of Musical Instruments, by Henry Doktorsi
Chart based on a 1914 scheme by Sachs and von Hornbostel classifies orchestral, folk, and electronic instruments into families. A second chart maps the free-reed family, which includes harmonicas and concertinas, supported by a scholarly history of free-reeds.
Australian Aboriginal Musical Instruments
Descriptions and images of the didjeridu, bullroarer, gum-leaf, and clapsticks.
The Classical Free-Reed, Inc.
Offers information about free reed instruments including the accordion, bayan, concertina, harmonica, sheng and reed organ. Includes definitions, descriptions, history, articles, reviews and a performers directory.
Experimental Musical Instruments
Online archives of quarterly journal devoted to interesting and unusual musical instruments and sound sources, along with sales of instruments and guides on how to make and play them.
Face Music: Traditional Instruments of the Mongolia People
Brief descriptions and photographs.
Frequencies and Ranges
A table of extremely low musical notes matching frequencies with instruments able to play them. Links to pictures and articles including a subcontrabass clarinet built especially to play C-2, or 4 cycles per second.
Iberian Folk Instruments
Photographs, descriptions, and audio samples of traditional instruments and music-related images from the Iberian Peninsula.
The Institute Of Musical Instrument Technology
The main professional body covering the music industry. Features publication and membership details.
Mechanical Music Digest
Moderated forum about musical instruments that play themselves. Published daily on the Internet and distributed primarily by e-mail.
MFA: Musical Instruments
Photographs and information about instruments in the extensive collection at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Systematic recording project begun in 1980 documenting mechanical music devices from Vienna and Prague, with CDs available for sale beginning in 1999. Headed by Helmut Kowar of Phonogrammarchiv, the audiovisual research archive of the Austrian Academy of Sciences.
Musical Instrument Information
Annotated internet directory, and a help desk for personal assistance with your questions.
News from the music industry and professional recording and P.A. technology and well as keyboards and percussion product news. [English/Deutsch]
Society for Self-playing Musical Instruments
Devoted to the devices and their use, design, history, and sale with links to museums and related organizations [English/Deutsch].
World Musical Instrument Gallery
Descriptions, photographs, and some sound samples of instruments in Randy Raine-Reusch's large collection.
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