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The bombarde is a French folk instrument from Brittany. A cross between an oboe and a conical-bored pipe chanter, it is blown in the mouth, with the reed between the lips. Typically pitched in B flat, it plays a diatonic scale over two octaves.

Producing a very strident and powerful tone, it is most commonly heard today in bagades[?], the Breton version of the pipe bands. Traditionally it was used in a duet with the Biniou for Breton folk dancing.

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