Its ancestor was probably the zamr-el-kebyr, an Oriental reed instrument.
The manner of constructing and operating this reed instrument is suggestive of the jew's-harp.
"Shalmyes" was probably a reed instrument of the character of an oboe.
The answer to this question would seem to indicate that the human voice is of the nature of a reed instrument.
The vocal instrument is unlike any other musical instrument; it most nearly approaches a reed instrument.
From somewhere on the distant hillside came the sweet, shrill quaver of a reed instrument.