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Welcome to the Grinnell College Music Instrument Collection, the holdings of which have been packaged on this site to serve as a resource through which visitors can explore the world of acoustic musical instruments. The collection includes: the standard instruments used in music making today throughout the cosmopolitan world; earlier historic forms of many of these same instruments; and a generous sampling of instruments used in musical traditions around the non-Western world. Each instrument has a page dedicated to it that includes a brief essay about its contexts of usage, design, musician-instrument interface, and history, and most of these pages include image and audio or video illustrations. Visitors can also learn about the standard ensemble combinations of instruments found in the Western tradition as well as many non-Western traditions. Ample navigational options are built into the site to allow visitors both to find information about specific instruments and to freely explore connections between instruments from around the world.