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So I came across this Snarky Puppy's video and I saw an instrument that I'm not familiar with.

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Hoping you guys could tell me what's this instrument called? Thanks!

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    It’s going to be hard with just a picture where most of it can’t be seen. Could you provide a link to the video itself instead? – Todd Wilcox Jun 12 '19 at 4:36
  • Um, we don't really do instrument identification on the main site. Feel free to post in Music: Practice & Theory Chat, though, where I'm sure someone would be able to give you what you need. Snarky Puppy is awesome. – user45266 Jun 12 '19 at 4:45
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    Please let's add more detail and fix the tittle so it's more specific. If we want to consider changing the FAQ about identification questions like this and point to good examples, we need to make sure the ones we are showing off are good quality for future users. – Dom Jun 12 '19 at 21:09
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It's a ratchet.

A Google search happens to give me a similar shaped one as a picture. Here's a another one, just in case.

  • Ratchet is correct. As far as being off topic if a question has an answer than can be given why not give it. People come for info. Give them info. – b3ko Jun 12 '19 at 11:29
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    The funny thing is that "ratchet" is the Mechanical Engineering name for that physical construction. Other than the triangle, this is about the only instrument I can think of whose name is self-definitive. (and no, "squeeze-box" doesn't count) – Carl Witthoft Jun 12 '19 at 12:47
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    I personally don't think the close votes and answer votes should mix. It's unclear if this will be closed, so, until it is, this Answer should be treated as as valid as any other Answer, and judged on its own merits. Otherwise, if the question isn't closed, now you have a bunch of downvotes that were unwarranted. – trlkly Jun 12 '19 at 13:03
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    @carl_witthoft if you dig into some Latin instruments, mostly percussion, you may find others...en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jawbone_(instrument) – b3ko Jun 12 '19 at 14:11
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    @CarlWitthoft Wood block. – David Richerby Jun 12 '19 at 17:46

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