• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Reed-instrument a musical instrument, the tone of which is produced by the vibration of a reed
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hreód; Dut. riet, Ger. ried.


In literature:

Jonah breathed slowly into the reeds, up and down the scale, testing the compass of the instrument.
"Jonah" by Louis Stone
It is furnished with a row of brass reeds, like those of the instrument called the Seraphine.
"Letters of a Traveller" by William Cullen Bryant
OBOE, a treble-sounding musical instrument of the reed class, to which the bassoon is reckoned the bass.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
The vocal instrument is unlike any other musical instrument; it most nearly approaches a reed instrument.
"The Brain and the Voice in Speech and Song" by F. W. Mott
Her instrument is the reed, not the lyre.
"Reviews" by Oscar Wilde
The tone, as in all the reed instruments of the period, was strong and often bleating.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
Their music is also of a ruder kind, having neither flutes nor reeds, nor instruments of any other sort, that we saw, except drums of various sizes.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 17" by Robert Kerr
In the instruments of the brass choir, the duty of the reeds is performed by the lips of the player.
"How to Listen to Music, 7th ed." by Henry Edward Krehbiel
But more probably it was one of the older reed instruments of the oboe family, the pommer or possibly a schalmei.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
This small reed-instrument will not let go; it holds on to that F sharp like a mortgage.
"Second Book of Tales" by Eugene Field
The next instruments discovered in use among the Indians were straight, hollow reeds and forked canes.
"Tobacco; Its History, Varieties, Culture, Manufacture and Commerce" by E. R. Billings
From somewhere on the distant hillside came the sweet, shrill quaver of a reed instrument.
"Where the Strange Trails Go Down" by E. Alexander Powell
The first clarionet has swallowed the reed of his instrument, and the second hautboy is chewing his reed keys.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
It has been compared, by many physiologists, to a wind, reed, and stringed instrument.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
Vegetal forms, excepting where in use as instruments or utensils, as reeds and gourds, were not copied.
"Ancient art of the province of Chiriqui, Colombia" by William Henry Holmes
The clarina is a metal instrument with the conical bore and fingering of the oboe and the clarinet single-reed mouthpiece.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
BASSO'ON, a musical wind-instrument of the reed order, blown with a bent metal mouthpiece, and holed and keyed like the clarinet.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 3" by Various
Wieprecht's endeavour to obtain a contrabass for the reed instruments.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 4" by Various
A primitive type of the instrumental musician is the shepherd who first notched a reed and drew sounds from it while his sheep were cropping.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 3" by Various
The music of the native tom-toms and reed instruments was exceedingly doleful.
"The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border" by Frank Fowler

In poetry:

And as at dawn across the level mead
On wings impetuous some wind will come,
And with its too harsh kisses break the reed
Which was its only instrument of song,
"Silentium Amoris" by Oscar Wilde

In news:

Reed and instrument-accessory manufacturing company Vandoren has partnered with music competition organization Music For All to present the third annual Vandoren Emerging Artist Competition.
Dutz plays over twenty different percussion instruments and Golia over ten different reed instruments on over seventy-three minutes of music.
Discover how the harmonica , inspired by the ancient free-reed Chinese sheng, was developed to its modern form by German instrument makers.
Instrumentation Grade Reed Relays.
Bill Cole, Coltrane scholar and player of several exotic double-reed instruments, salutes his late friend and collaborator alto saxophonist Sam Furnace on this collection of extended live performances.
Standex-Meder Electronics, a manufacturer of precise, reliable, and long-lasting miniature switches, sensors and relays , announces its CRF series of instrumentation grade reed relays .
Renowned for his experimentation with ethnic instruments played out of their normal cultural context, Bavarian composer Stephan Micus offers a meditative exploration of the duduk, an Armenian reed instrument, on Towards the Wind (ECM).

In science:

There are no resonant pipes, as in typical wind instruments, to selectively reinforce certain harmonic components in free-reed instruments.
Music in Terms of Science
As a standard practice, skilled harmonica players can bend the pitch of their instrument by exploiting the coupling of the reeds to the vocal tract of the player as well as the coupling between the two reeds (one for each direction of airflow) sharing a single reed chamber.
Music in Terms of Science
Cottingham, J. 2011 Acoustics of free-reed instruments.
Music in Terms of Science