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The Suona


This copper trumpet/oboe is also known in many appearances, sizes and forms and with many names all over SE-Asia. The Chinese Suona appears to be a follower of the Indian "Shenai" which also emerged into the western "Schalmei"/trombe.

The most important part of the Chinese Suona is the mouthpiece, if this is not taken care of properly, the Suona won't make a tone. To harden and prepare the mouth piece, one can sandpaper it or press it on something after dampening.

The Suona is a very loud and persistant instrument and often used in ensembles.

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