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A Glockenspiel is a tuned percussion instrument, very similar to the xylophone. The glockenspiel is composed of metal plates tuned to specific pitches, which are struck with mallets or drumsticks. Like the xylophone, the glockenspiel does not have resonating pipes below each plate, in contrast to the vibraphone and the marimba, which are instruments of the same family.
Its timbre is very similar to that of the triangle.