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Schalmeien

Heckelphone

Double Reed CE
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This you have to see to believe:

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

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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