The zhaleika (Жалейка in Russian, also known as брёлка or bryolka) is the most commonly possessed and used Russian wind instrument,also known as a "folk clarinet" or hornpipe. The zhaleika was eventually incorporated into the balalaika band, the Hungarian tarogato, and may have contributed to the development of the chalumeau, a predecessor of the clarinet. The zhaleika consists of a single reed that can be covered by a mouthpiece (or "wind cap"). The design consists of a wooden barrel with finger holes and a flared bell that can be made of either natural or man-made materials.It can either consist of a single or double pipe. The single pipe is about 10–20 cm long with a reed made out of either cane or goose feather with an end bell made of cow horn or birch bark with 3–7 finger holes. The double pipe consists of two pipes and one bell, and is found mainly in the southern parts of Russia.
Sounds sample (c) David Rakhimgulov
Handmade, materials of this zhaleika are beech, natural cow horn, plastic (reed and mouthpice). Sizes, approx: lenght 320mm, diametr of horn 40mm. This zhaleika was made by craftsman David Rakhimgulov from Sterlitamak (Bashkiria, Russia). Avialible keys: C (Do), B (Si)