In Star Trek: TNG, S1 E23 "We'll Always Have Paris", there is a man on the holodeck who appears to be slowly fondling some glass tubes in such a way as to produce music. What is this bizarre instrument being played in the Paris simulation? Does it have a name in-universe, or has it appeared elsewhere?


  • 4
    It looks like, umm, a glass bagpipe kazoo.
    – Molag Bal
    Apr 23, 2016 at 21:03
  • @anaranjada I was thinking Bongamaphone but yes, agreed
    – Dpeif
    Apr 23, 2016 at 21:03
  • If it was our past or present, a concertina would not be out of place. Since this is the future, perhaps a futuristic extrapolation of a concertina.
    – Anthony X
    Apr 23, 2016 at 21:04
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    This is the doobie-matic 2000
    – Valorum
    Apr 23, 2016 at 21:07
  • Whoa - let's attach a NSFW warning on the picture. ;-)
    – RobertF
    Oct 6, 2018 at 16:23

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Memory Alpha simply calls it the Café des Artistes instrument. It apparently never appeared in any other episodes.

None of the instruments listed on Memory Beta appear to be the same instrument.

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