Woodwind Instruments and Their History by Anthony Baines

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Part One introduces the woodwinds, describing their basic components, construction, variations, and idiosyncrasies as well as playing technique, matters of acoustics and pitch, and types of reeds. Part Two traces a variety of technical changes, particularly in terms of recent processes of mechanization.

Dover Publications, 1991.
ISBN: 9780486268859. 432 pp.
Softcover. Very good.