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You see them on mural art work in burial chambersand on wine jugs. These gadgets constructed progressively into todays modern devices the trendy oboeand the bassoon in addition to the tool frequently used in Turkish customary dance music. A similar developmentcan be shown for the flute, the trumpet, the trombone and all string devices. Instruments with a single reed that were called a shepherd tool have existed for ages: The Zummarah andthe Arghul. Such devices were pipes, and the reed was cut out of the tube itself. We are speaking abouta rather simple instrument here. They are no candidates as direct ancestor of the clarinet. But there is one:The Chalumeau spoken: Shaloomoh was spread widely all over Europe. The name comes from Greek/Latin,where "Calumus" means pipe. The Chalumeau always was regarded a shepherd's device, that needed to be playedsolo. Unfortunately no Chalumeau has survived one assumes that it have to have looked very like a recorderand sounded like the lower octave of modern day clarinet.