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Sopranino Gemshorn by Wiener

by Wiener
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£162.50 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

German maker Peter Wiener produces an extremely well made series of gemshorns from cow or ox horn. The sopranino has a chromatic scale with a range of a 9th and a bottom note of F. 

The gemshorn was in use in the 15th century (there exists an organ stop of that name) and was primarily a pastoral instrument, not widely known after the mid-to-late 1500s until the resurgent interest in early music in the 20th century. The gemshorn is an early form of recorder, made of a cow horn with a fipple inserted at the wide end. It has an incredibly sweet sound due to the conical shape of the horn and has a range of one octave. The name comes from the German "chamois" horn, but the early history not well known, the oldest known illustration of one being seen in Musica Getutscht (1511), by Virdung.

N.B. Due to the nature of these instruments each one will have a different appearance depending on the horn used!

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Russ P.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Superb quality at an affordable price

My latest Gemshorn is this Sopranino, and it has not disappointed. Out of the box (superbly packaged) it was an instant "player". The whole family (yes, they all play something, but nobody apart from me plays wind instruments) could get going with this one. Many good comments, and it is here to stay now.