Asian free reed instruments generally employ bamboo pipes, and the properties of bamboo are of current interest, especially in relation to pipe wall vibrations. Recent results on measured physical properties of bamboo as used in Asian free reed instruments are presented, including mechanical properties of bamboo reeds as well as pipes. Recent investigations have been made of wall vibrations in the bamboo pipes of free-reed mouth organs for mechanically excited pipes. Modal frequencies and mode shapes of a number of pipes were measured, and measurements of pipe input impedance were made, some of which suggested possible changes occurring as a result of damping the pipe vibrations. The most recent work involves the study of pipe wall vibrations for a mechanically blown reed-pipe combination for undamped pipes and pipes heavily damped with sand or other damping material. Measurements were made of the internal and external sound fields as well as measurements of the wall vibrations.