The crumhorn is amongst the earliest of windcap
instruments, appearing in the 15th century. It has a parallel bore
and a double reed contained within a windcap. The bottom of the
instrument body is bent into a semi-circle and has a slight flare
to the bore. The tone of the crumhorn is "buzzy" and rather
strident. It has a compass of just over an octave, though upward
extension keys can be fitted to provide two or three additional
A pair of crumhorns finished in dark stain and
Crumhorns are generally built to individual
order, and can be provided in soprano, alto, tenor and bass sizes,
with or without extension keys. Instruments are built in sycamore
and fitted with synthetic reeds (from the Early Music Shop,
Bradford, UK) for ease of maintenance and trouble-free
A consort (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) built
for a player in Australia.
All instruments are individually priced
; please mail
me for a quotation.
Susanna demonstrating a tenor crumhorn built with
corner blow. Useful for those with shorter arms!