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Iroh frequently played the tsungi horn.

The tsungi horn is a musical instrument used in the traditional music of the four nations. The curved and highly polished horn is cast from metal, and is believed to have originated in the Fire Nation.[1]


  • Iroh was a talented player of the tsungi horn. He played it once on board Zuko's ship,[2] and a second time in the Jasmine Dragon.[3]
  • Aang had some experience in playing the instrument, though he admitted to not being very good at it.[4]
  • Zuko was very gifted at playing the tsungi horn, however, he adamantly refused to play on his ship's music night.[5][6]
  • A member of The Flamey-Os played the instrument during the secret dance party in the beach cave.[4]


The real life counterparts in terms of appearance to the tsungi horn are the sousaphone and the French horn. The Track Team created the instrument's unique sound by superimposing characteristics of the trombone to the duduk,[7] a double reed instrument from Armenia, through a process called convolution.


  • The musical instrument is sometimes heard in the score during the series, usually when Team Avatar is in sudden danger, such as when they stole the waterbending scroll from the pirate ship boutique,[8] any time the Blue Spirit appears, and most often during Zuko's themes.
  • The tsungi horn appears on the show more often than any other instrument.


  1. From older Avatar: The Last Airbender official site, originally on Nick.com. Encyclopedia now broken, archived at The Lost Lore of Avatar Aang - Gear: Tsungi horn.
  2. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Filoni, Dave (director). (June 17, 2005). "The Blue Spirit". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 13. Nickelodeon.
  3. DiMartino, Michael Dante, Konietzko, Bryan (writers) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (July 19, 2008). "Sozin's Comet, Part 4: Avatar Aang". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 21. Nickelodeon.
  4. 4.0 4.1 O'Bryan, John (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director). (September 28, 2007). "The Headband". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 3. Episode 2. Nickelodeon.
  5. DiMartino, Michael Dante (writer) & Volpe, Giancarlo (director). (November 18, 2005). "The Waterbending Master". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 18. Nickelodeon.
  6. Avatar Extras for "The Waterbending Master" on Nicktoons Network.
  7. Acastus (2006-08-12 [date confirmed by the site's news archive). Music Interview with the Track Team (part 3 of 3). AvatarSpirit.net. Retrieved on April 13, 2013.
  8. O'Bryan, John (writer) & Lioi, Anthony (director). (April 29, 2005). "The Waterbending Scroll". Avatar: The Last Airbender. Season 1. Episode 9. Nickelodeon.

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