The Tiny Desk Guide To Rare And Amazing Instruments

From your garden variety barrel cactus and the single-stringed đàn bầu to the slithering sound of the theremin, watch these singular instruments (and more) make music like you've never heard before.
So Percussion performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices on Jan. 31, 2012. Source: Emily Bogle

Have you ever strummed a cactus? What about plucking the Vietnamese đàn bâu or waving your arms to get music from a theremin? Over the years, the Tiny Desk has hosted more than a few distinctive instruments

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