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Ocarina

Ocarina

Journey into the Ocarina’s Past: An Ancient Legacy of Music. From Aztec beginnings to global popularity, uncover its evolution through centuries, material continuity, and enduring cultural significance.

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Octobass

Octobass

Unveil the captivating tale of the octobass: born in 1850 by Vuillaume’s ingenuity, embraced by Berlioz, and echoing in select orchestras and museums.

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Octave Mandolin

Octave Mandolin

The octave mandolin, a teardrop-shaped chordophone, is part of the mandolin family. With eight strings tuned an octave lower, it enriches mandolin ensembles.

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Octocontrabass Clarinet

Octocontrabass Clarinet

The octocontrabass clarinet, a rare woodwind instrument, has a curved bell and an exceptionally low range. It’s cumbersome and has limited worldwide availability.

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Oboe D’Amore

Oboe D’Amore

The oboe d’amore is a woodwind double reed instrument. It’s pitched a minor third below the standard oboe, with a spherical bell resembling the cor anglais, and produces a sweet, soft sound.

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