A must-read handbook for anyone interested in how musical instruments work. Through a series of reader-friendly presentations and graphics, the author simplifies the understanding of the design, construction, and acoustical systems of the woodwind, brass, and non-fretted string instrument families. Over 100 illustrations and numerous appendices give the reader the freedom to find information easily and quickly in this soft-cover, 134 page book. The format makes it easy to read from cover to cover, or to find one fact relevant to a particular instrument. All chapters are short and to the point. New terms are italicized, and diagrams of the instrument parts under discussion are presented, when applicable, simplifying the reader's search for information.