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    Hello nice people!

    I propose to link pictures, descriptions... and hearing samples of unusual brass instruments in this thread.

    Other threads exist already for double reeds, single reeds, and an other should come for string instruments, percussions, whatever is desired.

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    The baroque trumpet plays about as high as the usual trumpet or even the piccolo one, but its tube is about twice as long, so the musician plays a given note height on a mode twice as high. Higher modes are spaced closer, which enables more notes since there are no valves.
    de.wikipedia (more languages there)

    It isn't usually a natural trumpet, though. Hole(s) in the narrow branches pull the pitch slightly to improve some notes and create new ones. Other holes leave a mode untouched and dampen its close neighbours to help the musician sound the desired one.

    The instrument could be manufactured in the baroque era and was quite usable, but it isn't chromatic at the lower notes, and has a solid reputation of difficulty. As an example, the musician lips the 11th mode up or down to sound both close semitones. Also, I suppose (but did not hear!) that the notes shifted by a side hole are muffled.

    Hear Justin Bland here
    and Nathaniel Mayfield there
    or search for
    "Alison Balsom" "baroque trumpet"

    Compare the piston piccolo with the baroque trumpet:
    and on Nathaniel Mayfield's website, both on Reiche's Fanfare

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    Wagnertuben exist with harmonic series in B (tenor) and F (bass), at the same height as the two sides of a double French horn because the tubes are as long. Their flare starts early and is wider than at the French horn, giving a darker and mellower sound, similarly to the cornett and flugelhorn compared with the trumpet. And: the horn players prefer them (tenor and bass) written transposing in F without key signature, like the French horns.

    The magnificent instruments (but horn players criticize the intonation even with 4 valves) are under-used. Many symphonic orchestras have a set (2+2) that serve only for Wagner, Bruckner, Mahler, Strauss.

    Hear 4 wagnertuben and 4 French horns, nice to compare:
    The French horns are of rarer Viennese variant, which changes the sound a little bit.

    More recent music, 8 Wagnertuben at once

    Fabulous resource to hear many instruments
    Wagnertuba at vsl.co.at
    Some pieces there expose it as a solo instrument, rare opportunity.

    Only (nice!) music

    With some comments in English
    SlU7PMlSOkU - BNcajRV4sfc - MFm2C-ve7qw music 0:00 to 1:40 and from 6:23
    and comments in German

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    You already heard a tuba, and even many... But most often, both the musicians and the composers make it a lumbering instrument, which it is not. So here are examples of the agile tuba:
    zPQdXN7wZcM and Acc_QHJ9Rvw Les Tubadours
    fYOsNp4O7AU Øystein Baadsvik
    GNjsxLdSwHI Andreas Martin Hofmeir
    Far more agile than most listeners and musicians imagine.

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