A ney is an ancient end-blown flute, made of cane or reed, that is popular in Arabic, Persian and Turkish music. Typically a Persian ney has six holes — five on the front, one on the back for the thumb– while Arabic neys have a sixth front hole. The Turkish version has six holes on the front, one in the back, and also a small flared mouthpiece, traditionally crafted from ivory or buffalo horn but today most often made of plastic, called a “bashpare.”

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