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Why do orchestras generally have greater number of stringed instruments than wind instruments?

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Stringed instruments comprises of strings as well as hollow area within the body of the instrument. The vibrations produced in the string by plucking or bowing will be transverse in nature and they will be transferred to the air column in the body of the instrument. Standing waves will be formed within the air column of the instruments and strings which leads to a better audibility. For wind instruments, only the air column vibrates and standing waves(longitudinal waves) are formed. Conclusion: String instruments form a major ingredient of orchestra as it produces better audibility for the audience.

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