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The above illustration is from Filippo Bonanni's Gabinetto Armonico, one of the early classics of organological studies. As well as many European instruments, several were depicted from Africa and Asia, including this mouth organ, whose name is given as tam kim (another name I have encountered nowhere else). Upon close study of the illustration, it will be seen that instead of having fingerholes, the artist has shown the pipes as having fipples in the manner of organ flue pipes.

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A Brief History of Mouth Blown Free Reed Instruments
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Eastern Free Reed Instruments
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Western Free Reed Instruments

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