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    Lightbulb Schalmeien

    This you have to see to believe:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gqwk0dgttk

    If you haven't run across these instruments before, they are called schalmei (or sometimes, confusingly, shawms). They work on the same principle as a bicycle horn, without the bulb. Most have valves, so that you can play several different notes (in a limited range). I believe there are some set up to play 3- or 4-note chords, while others provide bass notes (in the video you can see several made in a sousaphone wrap).

    There are an amazing number of videos by this group alone (i.e., more than one ). I think the hats must be required by law...

    Enjoy,

    Grant
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    That was kind of insane. Incredibly awesome, but wacky at the same time. Thanks for the post, that was enjoyable to listen to.

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