Why are the saxophone and the flute classified as a member of the woodwind family even though they are not made of wood?

Last Update: 04/06/2013

Woodwind instruments aren't necessarily made of wood. The term "woodwind instrument" refers to wind instruments whose sound is not produced by vibrating (buzzing) the lips. Flute and piccolo produce a sound by vibrating air when air is blown against the far edge of the embouchure hole on the headjoint. Saxophone and clarinet produce a sound by vibrating a single reed attached to the mouthpiece. Oboe and bassoon produce a sound by vibrating two reeds, so they are called double reed instruments.

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