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Timpani

Timpani

Ancient Roots to Orchestral Pillar. Explore the evolution from ancient drum artifacts to modern kettle drums, shaped by composers like Beethoven and Berlioz, and their enduring significance in orchestras worldwide.

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Tenor Saxophone

Tenor Saxophone

The tenor saxophone, a member of the saxophone family, was invented by Adolphe Sax. It gained prominence in jazz and swing, with players like Coleman Hawkins. Its versatile sound is key in genres like funk, ska, reggae, and rock.

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Tabla

Tabla

300 Years of Rhythmic Tradition. Uncover the origins influenced by vocal styles and Persian traditions, the debate around its inception, and its growth from pakhawaj, becoming an indispensable component of Indian classical and Hindustani music.

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Tenor Guitar

Tenor Guitar

The tenor guitar is a rare four-string chordophone instrument tuned to CGDA, popular among jazz and folk musicians.

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Tenor Trombone

Tenor Trombone

The tenor trombone, a common brass instrument, features a sliding mechanism to change pitch. It has been prominent in popular and classical music for centuries.

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Tenor Ukulele

Tenor Ukulele

The tenor ukulele, larger than the soprano, produces a fuller and deeper tone with its longer 26-inch length and extended fretboard for easier high note playing.

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Tenor Banjo

Tenor Banjo

The tenor banjo, with its tambourine-like body and four steel strings, is strummed and commonly used in jazz, folk, and Celtic music.

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Tubax

Tubax

The tubax is a compact woodwind instrument resembling a saxophone but with narrower bore and smaller mouthpiece. It replicates the subcontrabass saxophone’s sound and range in “human size” at 114cm length with condensed tubing of almost 5m.

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Tam Tam

Tam Tam

The Tam tam (tam-tam) is a very large metal percussion instrument known for its loud, booming sound that is awash with harmonic notes.

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