We can never get enough of the Super Mario Theme at Major Spoilers – especially when it is played on cool instruments like the sheng.

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The Chinese sheng (Chinese: 笙; Pinyin shēng) is a mouth-blown free reed instrument consisting of vertical pipes.

It is one of the oldest Chinese instruments, with images depicting its kind dating back to 1100 BCE,[1] and there are actual instruments from the Han era that have been preserved today.[1] Traditionally, the sheng has been used as an accompaniment instrument for solo suona or dizi performances. It is one of the main instruments in kunqu and some other forms of Chinese opera. Traditional small ensembles also make use of the sheng, such as the wind and percussion ensembles in northern China. In the modern large Chinese orchestra, it is used for both melody and accompaniment.

It’s a cool looking instrument that looks a lot like the funky pipe instrument the Cantina Band played in Star Wars.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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2 Comments

  1. February 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm — Reply

    OK, as a former musician (I don’t play as much anymore) I had to know how much one of these was… the one she’s playing averages around $3K, which is actually quite affordable for a professional instrument… my alto sax was about $4K back in ’96 when we got it…

    http://www.easonmusicstore.com/webshaper/store/viewProd.asp?pkProductItem=255

  2. March 3, 2014 at 10:32 pm — Reply

    Awesome, so cool!

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