The crumhorn was popular in the 16th century and was normally played as a consort instrument. Like the rauschpfeife, it’s a capped reed instrument and as such has no dynamic control, which is why it has a relatively short historical life-span. The word means “bent or curved horn” and getting the wood to curve without splitting is a somewhat delicate art that requires split second timing – check out this video of early woodwind maker Eric Moulder at a critical stage in the process!

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