Piston (Breton: pistõn, English phonetic "pist-on") is a type of oboe invented by Breton musician, teacher, and luthier Youenn Le Bihan in 1983. The piston is a contemporary development of the hautboy, classical and/or baroque oboe, influenced by the bombard or talabard, the traditional double reed instrument of Brittany.
It is typically rooted in the key of D and features post-mounted simple system key-work to expand its range. The tone of the piston stands in a warm and rich middle ground between the trumpet-like tone of the bombard and that of the baroque oboe. The bore is similar to that of a baroque or classical oboe.
- Bombarde FAQ. Texas Celtic Music Network.
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