Definition and background:
An obsolete wind instrument invented at the end of the 16 century; it is made of wood and resembles a serpent. The instrument has a conical bore and finger holes along its length; it produced a harsh, rough tone. In modern ensembles the serpent is generally replaced by the tuba. Serpent a large, ancient, s-shaped wind instrument, usually made of wood. It was replaced by the ophicleide in concert use
Side-hole lip-reed instrument
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