I do come up with some fascinating information while writing novels. Google is my friends. Take brass and woodwind instruments, for example, you would expect the brass instruments to be made of brass and the woodwind to be made of wood.
I checked what instrument classification they came under, because in my novel, To Kill in Fire, I have a meeting of bagpipes and didgeridoos at a wedding celebration.
It is the opinion of most experts in the field of music, that the term "brass instrument" should define the way the sound is produced. A brass instrument doesn't have to be made of brass. Thus the didgeridoo from the north and north-eastern Australia is classed as brass instruments, despite being made of wood. There is no need to be confused. Check with experts such as woodwind brasswind music center, and they will advise you.
Woodwind instruments, for example, the saxophone, can be made of brass. We have had both didgeridoos and saxophones in our home. Our family have played many instruments.
Other 'brass' instruments. Note how varied these are.
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