Harper Instrument Types

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  • gitar
  • lute
  • harp (usually lap harp or Irish harp; full orchestral harps very, very rare)
  • violin/fiddle
  • viola
  • viola da gamba
  • cello
  • hammer dulcimer
  • gittern
  • cittern
  • lyre
  • mandolin
  • sitar
  • zither


  • recorder
  • pipes
  • flute
  • clarinet (very rare)
  • penny whistles of all varieties
  • harmonica
  • ocarina (clay or wood)

Brass (very rare)

  • bugle
  • trumpet (rarer still)
  • trombone (even more so)
  • serpent horn (made of wood, not metal, takes place of tuba; still, very rare)
  • cornet


  • tambour(ine)
  • triangle
  • bells (likely ceramic instead of metal)
  • castanets
  • claves
  • rattles
  • cymbals and gongs (somewhat rare because of metal use)
  • drums (of all shapes and sizes; built with wood bodies instead of metal, and snares for snaredrum made of gut)
  • scraper
  • wood block


  • there is currently exactly /one/ keyboard instrument on all of Pern, and it's in the Shainman Rehearsal Hall at Ista Hold.

The above may also be accessed on the MOO itself by typing help harper_instrument

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