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C melody saxophone

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.212

    
 

Cajón

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.24

 
 

Calliope

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 421.222.11

    
 

Carillon

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.242.122

   
 

Castanets

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.141

    
 

Cavaquinho

The cavaquinho is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wire or gut strings. It is also called machimbo, machim, machete, manchete or marchete, braguinha or braguinho, or cavaco and ukulele

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 321.322

   
 

Celesta

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.222

    
 

Cello

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 321.322-71

   
 

Chap

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.142

    
 

Chapman stick

    
 

Charango

    
 

Chimes

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.232

    
 

Ching

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.142

    
 

Chitarra battente

    
 

Chuk

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.24

    
 

Cigar box guitar

    
 

Cigar box ukulele

    
 

Cimbalom

Chromatic hammered dulcimer with four legs.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 314.122-4

Country: Hungary

    
 

Cimbassi

The cimbasso (say "chim-boss-oh") is a valve contrabass trombone traditionally used in the operas of Verdi and other Italian composers. They may be pitched in BBb, CC, Eb, or F and may be played by a tuba or bass trombone player. Cimbassos are now often heard in large orchestras used for movie soundtracks. They can produce a light sound that is less overpowering than the tuba, or they can produce a monstrous sound that is offensive to many. This large instrument requires some forethought to keep it out of harm's way when not in use. We recommend traffic cones.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 423.232

    
 

Citole

   
 

Cittern

   
 

Clapper

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.12

    
 

Clapsticks

    
 

Clarinet

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.211.2

    
 

Classical guitar

    
 

Claves

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.11

    
 

Clavichord

    
 

Clavicylinder

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 131.2

    
 

Clavinet

    
 

Coconut shells

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.141

    
 

Comb

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 122.2

    
 

Concert ukulele

    
 

Concertina

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 412.132

    
 

Conch shell

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 423.111.1

    
 

Conn-o-sax

An unusual variant of the saxophone was the Conn-O-Sax, a straight-conical bore instrument in F (one step above the E♭ alto) with a slightly curved neck and spherical bell. The instrument, which combined a saxophone bore and keys with a bell shaped similar to that of a heckelphone, was intended to imitate the timbre of the English horn and was produced only in 1929 and 1930. The instrument had a key range from low A to high G. Fewer than 100 Conn-O-Saxes are in existence, and they are eagerly sought by collectors.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.212

    
 

Contra-alto clarinet

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.211.2

    
 

Contrabass Balalaika

The Contrabass Balalaika is a large Russian instrument.

 
 

Contrabass clarinet

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.211.2

    
 

Contrabass clarinet (wound metal)

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.112

    
 

Contrabass sarrusophone

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.112

    
 

Contrabass saxophone

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.212

    
 

Contrabassoon

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.112

    
 

Cor anglais

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.112

    
 

Cornamuse

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.111

  
 

Cornet

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 423.232

    
 

Cornett

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 423.21

    
 

Corrugaphone

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 412.22

    
 

Cowbell

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.242.11

    
 

Cricri

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 121.1

    
 

Croix Sonore

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 5

    
 

Cromorne

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.112

    
 

Crotales

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.222

    
 

Crumhorn

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 422.111

    
 

Crwth

Six-stringed instrument with a flat fingerboard, fretless.

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 321.22

Country: Wales

    
 

Crystallophones

    
 

Cuatro

Fretted stringed instrument with a hollow body and with four strings

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 321.322

    
 

Cuíca

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 231.11

    
 

Cymbal

Crash cymbal Hi-hat cymbal Ride cymbal Splash cymbal

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.24

    
 

Cymbals (in pairs)

Hornbostel-Sachs classification: 111.142

    

 
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