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Date: Fri, 20 Aug 1999 18:58:10 -0500
From: Bonnie/Oscar <>
Subject: Re: Sona

I got a very similar device in Delhi India in 1972.  A remarkable thing
about it was the reed.  A segment of Horsetail rush, flattened, not
carved or split, and tied like a bassoon reed at the top to fit a short
bocal at the top.  Un fortunately I have lost all the original reeds.
Loud !   YES!

Date: Fri, 14 Sep 1956 09:57:16 +0800
From: (Joel Koh)
Subject: monster instrumentation

Leila, Jim and Grant wrote about the suona....

Suona are quite common here in Singapore. Use
in chinese opera, funneral rites...etc...etc.
It is commonly known as a 'chinese trumpet'.
It is very very loud. Truly a fiery double-reed instrument.

Suona players have my deepest repect. I play the oboe, cor anglai and
bassoon but never have the guts to pick up a suona despite being about 50
times cheaper. It is easily obtainable in chinese instruments music shop.
Yamaha showroom even carry a few. There are chromatic models complete with
keys! Curiosity strikes again! I will check it out in a music shop later

Contra-bass suona? Visit a Hindu temple. A double reed instrument
three/four feet in lenght is often played in rites. The lower pitch is
easier on the ears.

Joel Koh


From: "Dr Guy Grant" <>
Subject: SUONA
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1999 04:22:19 +1000


Yeah...this sounds like a suona...similar to a zurna (zurla). It is a very
loud shawm and will easily hold its own with six drums. Mine is a hybrid
suona/zurna made by Linsey Pollak, from gidgee wood with a brass bell and
reed made from a plastic drinking straw.


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