The mizmar is a traditional wind instrument of ancient Egypt. They are also called Zurnas in Iran, Turkey and among the Kurds. The mizmar is a double-reeded woodwind instrument with seven finger holes that is shaped similarly to a traditional conical oboe. Mizmar is also a term used for a group of musicians, usually a duo or trio, that play a mizmar instrument along with an accompaniment or one or two double sided bass drums. Mizmars are usually played in Egypt at either weddings or as an accompaniment to belly dancers. Also see our mizmar accessories. IMPORTANT NOTICE! Health and sanitary regulations prohibit the exchange or return for credit of any mouth blown instrument.
The shehnai is a a quadruple-reed wind instrument common in North and West India. It has eight holes, but it's not unusual to find some of the holes partially or completely occluded with wax. Its sound is thought to create and maintain a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity, and is widely used during marriages, processions, and in temples.
The nagaswaram has seven finger-holes with five additional holes drilled at the bottom which are used as controllers. The nagaswaram has a range of two and a half octaves like the flute. The system of fingering is similar to that of the flute, but unlike the flute, where semi and quarter tones are produced by the partial opening and closing of the finger holes, in the nagaswaram they are produced by adjusting the pressure and strength of the air-flow into the pipe. Because of this it is a very exacting instrument. In addition, due to its intense volume and strength, it is basically an outdoor instrument and much more suited for open spaces than for closed indoor concert situations