Aulos; Salpinx; Syrinx; Hydraulis: all of these instruments have a shared attribute. They produce their sound through the passage of air, hence the name ‘wind instruments’. However, the way the passage of air was produced differs between each instrument. The aulos was sounded by blowing through a double-reed (similar to an oboe or bassoon). The salpinx was sounded through a trumpet-like mouthpiece. The syrinx was played by blowing air over the top of hollow pipes (like pan-pipes worldwide). The hydraulis, the most complicated of these wind instruments, was operated by bellows, which created the air-flow needed to sound a variety of pipes (similar to a modern organ).
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