Sp: bajón, bajoncillo, fagote; Fr: fagot, basson, douçaine; It: fagotto, dolzana; Ge: dulcian, dolcian, dulcin, vagote, storte, dolzani, fagati, fagott; En: curtal
The curtal (or dulcian as it was known in Germany) has a conical bore doubled into a 'U' to produce a much more compact instrument than for example the larger shawms.
The bass curtal was the forerunner of the baroque bassoon. [more about the curtals]
We only use carefully selected English sycamore for the body which after initial boring is reamed in stages to allow it to stabilise.
The fingerholes are accurately jig drilled and the internal bores treated with linseed oil.
All the keywork is hand made from 70/30 brass using traditional methods designed to produce a light positive action.
A hand drawn brass crook (bocal) and cane reed are matched to the finished instrument which is presented in its own fitted case.
Our Bass Curtal in F has 2 keys and is based on the analysis of several instruments in European museums. The bass curtal, when played well, can reach as high as g' giving it a useful range of 2 1/2 octaves.
Our Tenor Curtal in c(G) has 2 keys and a range of a little over 2 octaves c - d''. The design is based on an illustration of curtals in Praetorius' "Syntagma Musicum".
The Soprano Curtal in c is the smallest member of the curtal family and has a range of 2 octaves c' - c'''. Our design is based on an illustration of curtals in Praetorius' "Syntagma Musicum".
Each instrument is hand built to special order in our own workshops in Toledo (Spain).
Our 12 month warranty, fingering chart, reed care sheet and access to our 'Helpline' are all included as standard.
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