An oblong cut reed with a mouthpiece, neck, 5 holes which along with the breath of the musician is the simple way to describe the instrument with which Cretans associate themselves in various events, serenades and small gatherings of friends, etc. it resembles a wooden flute. The sound the reed makes is fragile yet warm. It regenerates and revitalises the spirit of Cretan music as well as the music awareness of those listening to it.

The thiamboli or hambioli is made with a type of reed that grows in the rivers of Crete. It must be ripe and dry.

This instrument?s history is very long-standing. It has been found in Minoan tombs in the area of Agia Triada.