By nature, they are idiophonic
or onomatopoeic and they exhibit close relationship between the sound component of the word and its meaning and they are mostly one word.
These have been classified as wind instruments, or aerophonic, including bansuri and nagaswaram; string instruments, or chordophonic, including dilruba and veena; percussion instruments, or membranophonic, including tabla and mridangam, and idiophonic
, including bortal and ghatam.
A Mickey Mouse short, The Haunted House, released later in 1929, also features skeletons dancing to a wide range of idiophonic
percussion, including marimbas, with some using stray bones to tap out rhythms.
Paul Kavyu, in his treatment of Akamba music, describes it as less melodic and more idiophonic
Further, I wonder, as a layman, if physics has shown what the passage of 2,400 years might do to the metal that in turn could affect a Chinese-shaped bell's idiophonic
There are instruments with pianolike action sounding idiophonic
elements including bells, gongs, tuning forks, lamella, and the like.