a set of drinking glasses filled with varying amounts of water to produce ringing tones of different pitches when the player's finger is rubbed around the wet rims.
Compare glass harmonica.
Origin of musical glasses
First recorded in 1760–70
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I am also an accomplished waltzer; I know the use of the globes, and can play the overture to Zampa on the musical-glasses.
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