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Help identify instrument from Hateful Eight

I'm tempted to say contrabassoon, as the instrument playing the seriously low D starting in the 2nd bar. For the rest of that phrase, I'd be hard-pressed to distinguish whether it was bassoon or ...
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What is the instrument in the intro of They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"?

This is violin/fiddle played in the famous "gypsy" (Romani) style. You might try looking up "gypsy violin" or "gypsy fiddle" as a start. This style has been very influential over the years. For a ...
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What is the name of the musical instrument shown on the video?

Erhu The erhu (Chinese: 二胡; pinyin: èrhú; [ɑɻ˥˩xu˧˥]) is a two-stringed bowed musical instrument, more specifically a spike fiddle, which may also be called a "southern fiddle", and sometimes known ...
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Foreigner - I want to know what Love is song

There are a lot of synthesizers, electric bass and drums: Lou Gramm – lead vocals Mick Jones – keyboards, synthesizer, backing vocals Rick Wills – bass, backing vocals Dennis Elliott – drums Tom ...
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What is the name of this instrument / jazz style?

That's a vibraphone. It's like a xylophone, but the bars are metal, so they vibrate longer. The resonators below the bars have discs inside that are turned by a motor, alternately opening and ...
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What instrument(s) are used here?

They're actually both trumpet! The first one is just played a bit more on the quiet side, so sometimes it can sound a bit like a woodwind.
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Rachmaninoff: Symphony no.2 woodwind instrument

35:21 - 35:45 corresponds to the first four measures of rehearsal mark 48 in the score, which for woodwinds indicates: Flute I, II Oboe (2) English Horn (enters at 35:38) Clarinet in A (2) Bass ...
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What instruments does coffin dance use?

There's no "physical" instrument involved in terms of acoustical instruments: just software synthesizers. One of the producers of the song has actually created a small tutorial on how the ...
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What was Dr Dre's spoon instrument?

The instrument is a Flexatone. It's a percussion instrument with two balls which strike a metal blade controlled by the thumb. Shaking it produces spooky glissando effects. Dr Dre probably uses a ...
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What ghostly keyboard sound is used in *Emil Cioran: The Life of a Sage*

This is a de-tuned (deliberately out-of-tune) piano, with a heavy amount of reverb added. It is made yet more eerie with the addition of some dissonant (violin-family) string instruments. Reverb, ...
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Is Zakir Hussain using a book as a percussion instrument?

You can see that there is a percussion instrument on Zakir's left that looks like a thick book bound with a belt. What exactly is this instrument? Is it really just a book ? Yes , it is just a thick ...
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Contrabasson or contrabass in the begining of this Harnoncourt recording of Johannespassion, BWV 245, Part 1: "Herr, unser Herrscher"

There is one bassoonist in the personnel list, who is credited as playing both bassoon and contrabassoon. Obviously, he wasn't playing both at the same time. There are also two players credited as ...
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Instrument used on Hesperion's "Kanon und Gigue" (Pachelbel's Canon)

You are hearing a cello and an organ. There's also a theorbo on the track. The organ is very likely a positive organ, or box organ, of the type made by Taylor & Boody or Klop, among several ...
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What are the instruments Miles uses to record "Was he Slow?" in "Baby Driver"?

The original track is made by Kid Koala. You can see the whole recording session in the movie, here. The table drums you are looking for is a Yamaha DD-20 (4-Pad Digital Drums) The other devices or ...
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What instruments are used in "For a few dollars More theme song"?

I suggest you to watch this live recording by The Danish National Symphony Orchestra. The requested instrument is an Electric Guitar. You can also find: Jews Harp Tubular Bells Whistle (by a man, ...
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What's the name of this instrument that Donald Duck is playing?

The optical appearance suggests tubular bells after some terrible accident. I would challenge the non-traditional statement however.
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What is this instrument from Rayman Origins Game?

A lot of the comments think it's a jews harp but I don't think it's a real instrument at all. A jews harp has a lot more 'twang' in it & though you can kind of 'speak' whilst playing it, you ...
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What instrument is creating this percussive sound?

The percussive "clunking" sounds like a combination of a few techniques: col legno - when a string player hits the string with the wooden part of the bow. The sound produced is more piercing and ...
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What is the name of these medieval bells?

I don't think that the bells have names as such. Medieval bells may be a term applied to differentiate bells from other eras and cultures, such as Roman or Norse. This reference may provide some of ...
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Instrument used on Hesperion's "Kanon und Gigue" (Pachelbel's Canon)

There is a mechanical pipe organ playing with a very mellow flute or recorder stop. You can go here for a demonstration of various organ stops. Some of the ones around 2:30 are similar to the example (...
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What instrument is this member of Lawrence Welk's Orchestra playing?

The percussion instruments are castanets mounted onto a frame ("machine castanets") which makes them easier to play. Castanets held in the hand are one of the standard instruments in Spanish ...
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What instrument is playing here, is it an electric guitar?

Yes, thats's an electric guitar. It's taken from "Shine on You Crazy Diamond (Parts I-V)" from Pink Floyd's 1975 album "Wish You Were here".
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What is the wood-like sound prior to Van Halen's solo in Beat It?

It's a drum case! Per the Wikipedia article on the song, specifically in the production and composition section: Right before Van Halen's guitar solo begins, a noise is heard that sounds like ...
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Identify instrument playing over singer in “Ma Che Freddo Fa”

There are strings playing on the recording. The 'high-pitched instrument' you hear with the vocals is the violin section. They are just doubling the vocal melody two or three octaves higher
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What is this instrument from Rayman Origins Game?

This is definitely a jews harp, also known as a jaw harp. My own amateur attempt at replicating the rhythm on a Glazryin Lighthouse jaw harp: Furthermore, you can hear ...
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What is the instrument in the intro of They Might Be Giants' cover of "Istanbul (Not Constantinople)"?

The instrument, I think it's simply a violin ! As far as similar music is concerned, try starting with the album that this track is featured on - 'Flood' by 'They might be giants'
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What kind of brass instrument plays the intro on Hypnotic Brass Ensemble's Spottie?

This instrument is called Sousaphone. You can check the credits on Discogs and see there is no bass guitar. Baritone Saxophone – Uttama Hubert Drums – Eamonn Hall Sousaphone – Tycho Cohran ...
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What are these "click sounds" in the song *Cradles* by Sub Urban?

It's possible this is just an electronic instrument setting, but it sounds to me like a tuned idiophone -a percussion instrument in the xylophone family --played with hard mallets that are being ...
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