All instruments are supplied with a fingering chart, one reed and a sturdy case. Reedmaking instructions are included, and additional reeds can be supplied at extra cost. The instruments have an oil finish, and the bores are sealed to resist moisture damage. Shawms are made of big-leaf maple. Oboes are made of sugar maple. Curtals and bassoons are made of silver maple or big-leaf maple. Wind instruments are most likely to require minor adjustments in the first year, and may be returned for such work, which will be performed for a nominal charge.
Some of my older instruments may benefit from an upgrade operation performed in my shop. These upgrades involve minor items such as a new staple, or in some cases, substantial alterations. Upgradeable instruments include: Treble shawms, serial numbers 9531 and earlier; alto shawms, serial numbers 504 and earlier; and tenor shawms, serial numbers 404 and earlier.
Wire transfers are possible. Please write for instructions.
Q: Why do you make treble and alto shawms in D and G
instead of C and F?
Q: What kinds of wood do you use?
I would like to put in a plug for The King's Trumpetts
and Shalmes, which is not only a fine shawm band, but
also a publisher of excellent, performance-tested music
editions for recorders, crumhorns, shawms, brass and
oboe band. Write to:
Hans Mons has published an extensive site dedicated to the curtal or dulcian. Check it out at www.hansmons.com/dulcians
Interested in baroque flutes? Simon Polak is making some very fine instruments in the Netherlands. Visit his web site at www.earlyflute.com
The organization Musichicago has a comprehensive web
site of interest to lovers of early music. Visit this
site at http://musichicago.org
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