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Percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned steel bars, arranged like a piano keyboard, which are struck with hammers. An alternative form of the instrument is played by means of an actual keyboard. Its normal range is 2 octaves. The bell lyre, held vertically, is the portable form of glockenspiel used in marching bands.
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