The ney has made long way since it was used as a shepherd flute. Today, it is one of the most popular arabic instruments. There are 3 types of ney: Arabic, Turkish and Persian. All of them are made of natural reed and played without a standard mouthpiece. For beginners we recommend to start with Arabic ney in the key of D. When it comes to professional instruments you can find here Ahmed Abdel Ghani's Arabic nays, and 'Adana Ney' Turkish neys.