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Finished and Kit RWC Crumhorn

 

The name crumhorn first appears in 1489 referred as an organ stop, which suggests that crumhorns had been in common usage for some time.

In fact they were probably one of the earliest windcap instruments and certainly the most popular in the Renaissance.

They have a rather strident buzzy tone generated by the curved 'horn' which projects the sound towards the listening audience. The 'wind' cap itself protects the reed and also creates a wind chamber, removing the need for embouchure control.

With a range of just over an octave, some models have extra keys to provide a chromatic upward extension. [more about the Crumhorns]

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  Crumhorn  
 

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RWC Crumhorn
Our Crumhorns are available in five sizes and two sets.

Our finished soprano crumhorn is scaled from the tenor, no record of a soprano having survived to the present day. The soprano crumhorn has one upward extension key and a range of c' - e''.

Our finished f alto crumhorn is based on the alto in the famous original set in the Gemeentemuseum, Holland. The f alto crumhorn has one upward extension key and a range of f - a'.

Our finished g alto crumhorn is based on the alto in the set in the Gemeentemuseum. The g alto crumhorn has no upward extension keys and a range of g - a'.

Our finished tenor crumhorn is based on the tenor in the set in the Gemeentemuseum. The tenor crumhorn has one upward extension key and a range of c - e'.

Our finished bass crumhorn is based on the bass in the set in the Gemeentemuseum. Our bass crumhorn has one upward extension key and a range of F - a. The bass crumhorn also has a lower key for the bottom note, closed by the little finger of either hand depending on whether the player is left or right handed.

These instruments above are made from the finest English sycamore and are presented with a plastic reed, a reed care and maintenance leaflet and fingering chart in an attractive 'attache' style carrying case. A cane reed is available as extra option.

Each instrument is entirely hand built to special order by in house craftsmen in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain) and comes with 12 months warranty.


You can also have two sets witch offer a substantial saving over buying the instruments individually and includes a special attache style carrying case for all four instruments.

The crumhorn ATTB set is the more historically accurate arrangement of alto in g, two tenors in c and a bass in F, although the alto in f is sometimes substituted.

The crumhorn SATB set is the conventional arrangement of soprano in c', alto in f, tenor in c and bass in F.

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Finished and Kit RWC Crumhorn

 

Crumhorn Kit
The same range of Crumhorns are offered in kit form for home assembly.

Our Crumhorn kits are ones of the easiest kits in our range to build.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

The windcap, stem and bobbin are all turned from English sycamore ready for assembly. The stem has been steamed and bent ready for assembly.

All the hardware parts, brass ring, extension keys, cork, leather and drills are included.

A plastic reed is supplied as standard with the option of cane upon request.

Full step by step instructions in a clear and concise manner and a working template ensure success even for the first time builder.

All the kits Include free access to our customer 'Helpline' should you need any advice on construction, setting-up or playing.

The soprano crumhorn built from our kit has one upward extension key giving it a chromatic range of c' - e''.

The alto in f crumhorn built from our kit has two upward extension keys giving it a chromatic range of f - b'(c').

The g alto in g crumhorn does not have any upward extension keys and has a chromatic range of g - a'.

The tenor crumhorn built from our kit has two upward extension keys giving it a chromatic range of c - f'(g').

The bass crumhorn built from our kit has two upward extension keys, a lower key for the bottom F and at full breath pressure plays the normal range of F - b(c). The plastic reeded version however can be under blown by a fifth giving a bottom note of CC and a range of two octaves, obviating the need for a great bass instrument!

An attractive attache style carrying case is available as an optional extra to protect the instruments above when finished.


Our ATTB and SATB crumhorn kits offer a substantial saving, over buying the kits individually. All the parts are as per the individual kits but avoiding any duplication and are packed in a single carrying case which can be used to protect the instruments when finished.

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Finished and Kit RWC Crumhorn

 

Crumhorn Plan
You can make the same range of instruments from scratch, following detailed step-by-step instructions through the construction process in a clear and concise manner.

A fully dimensioned plan and a set of templates illustrates each stage.

The price includes the license to build one instrument for private use.

 


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