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In recent years, the surge of interest of minority instruments such as the bawu and hulusi has lead to many innovations in the technology of these instruments. It has also lead to the creation of various hybrid instruments, combining features of both bawu and hulusi, the buluo (卜萝) being a typical example. This could be seen as either a hulusi without the drone pipes, or as a vertical bawu with an egg-shaped windchest. However, the feature that really sets it aside from the traditional hulusi or vertical bawu is the presence of two mouthpieces - one at the top of the windchest, the other on the side. One of them is a dummy and allows no air to pass though it. The mouthpieces can be swapped to allow the buluo to be played either vertically (as in the above picture) or horizontally:

This one is in the key of C and not surprisingly, its sound is more or less indistinguishable from a standard bawu or hulusi:

This particular model is a xiaobuluo (小卜萝), or small buluo. There are also considerably larger versions called daibuluo (大卜萝), "dai" meaning large. Other companies make similar instruments under the names benti (犇啼), sihuang (丝簧) and huba (葫巴).

A Brief History of Mouth Blown Free Reed Instruments
What Is A Free Reed?
Origins Of The Free Reed
Eastern Free Reed Instruments
A Selective Discography Of Asian Free Reed Instruments
Western Free Reed Instruments

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