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Tenor Gemshorn by Wiener

by Wiener
2 reviews
£295.83 excluding VAT (UK Export Price)

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

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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Peter T.
Iceland Iceland

Very pleased with the gemshorn. Very good tuning. I would recommend the instrument and its maker.

Noel J.
United Kingdom United Kingdom

Clear tone. Wellmade.

The Wiener tenorGemshornisawell-madein strument with a pleasant clear tone The layout of the finger holes suggests that will behave like a recorder but that is certainly not the case. The sound is not produced by a vibrating column of but by an encased volume of air So the holes modify the effective size of the resonant cavity. There are many combinations of holes you can cover or partially uncover to a chieve the same note and the pitch is more susceptible to breath pressure. You have to imagine the note before you play it.