Strange instrument names. Which is your favourite?

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Dave Payn, Nov 13, 2003.


Your favourite 'weird name of instrument' is.....

  1. Ocarina

  2. Shawm

    0 vote(s)
  3. Crumhorn

  4. Sackbut

  5. Virginal

  6. Cittern

    0 vote(s)
  1. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Just a bit of fun! Toss up between sackbut and crumhorn for me (to quote Peter Sellers as Hercules Grytpype-Thynne on the Goon Show entitled Tales from Monmartre ----- 'Do you have a spare sackbut? Mine's gone out!')

    :lol: :lol: :grnsm
  2. Seedhouse

    Seedhouse Active Member

    Think i'll go for Sackbut! Just has something amusing about it!
  3. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

    In a recent quintet concert, we played a collection of pieces from the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, which the Tuba player duly introduced, putting the stress on the second syllable of 'virginal'. :shock: Ironically, we'd already dropped a piece by Samuel Scheidt because he didn't want to have to announce it in a church.

  4. asteria

    asteria Member

    We used to have an ocarina group at school, basically just an excuse to keep out of the cold at lunchtimes and mess about with no teacher around :D

    Personally my favourite instrument is the disposatone....
  5. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    I rather like the "theorbo" when it comes to unusual instrument names, but there must be something particularly satisfying about playing a "racket" :wink:

    Incidentally, did you know that the Ligetti violin cocerto, performed recently at the proms and on TV, calls for a quartet of ocarinas to be played by four of the woodwind players :?:
  6. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Lurking somewhere in my CD collection, is an album entitled 'The ocarina is no trombone' with all sorts of music arranged for ocarina ensemble! Didn't know about the Ligeti. Thank you for the info!

    I was thinking of rather a lot of instrument names to put on the poll and wanted to include 'other (please specify)' but this site doesn't seem to allow that!
  7. cornetgirl

    cornetgirl Active Member

    And don't forget the serpent!!!

    Crumhorn for me though, every time!

    Rach x
  8. jo

    jo Member

    My favourite has to be the tacet. mainly employed as a percussion instrument but occasionally used by other members of the band it is a challenging instrument to play featuring in many brass band arrangements :D
  9. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    Sackbut... makes me snigger every time :lol:

    I like bombardon too - sounds so much joliier than tuba!!
  10. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    I actually thought this thread was going to be about strange names people give their own I started a new poll about that!
    see Have you named your instrument?
  11. Morghoven

    Morghoven Member

    I have a friend who plays the bombarde, which is a sort of medieval (sp?) oboe, and nothing at all like a tuba. It sounds something like a duck being violated by a hedgehog. (not that I have personal experience of what that sounds like, you understand!!) She once got barred from a pub for trying to play this thing along to the Britney Spears track that was on at the time!

  12. groovy

    groovy Active Member

    Sackbut! chuckle chuckle!

    Does anyone actually know anything about it? I have never heard of it before, but it sounds rather like some primitive rural farming instrument made out of tattie sacks.
  13. MoominDave

    MoominDave Well-Known Member

  14. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    well, obviously have to go for the sackbut, as it's pretty much what I play - although it probably sounds nicer!
  15. bigmamabadger

    bigmamabadger Active Member

    My logical choice would have to be the rebec, a kind of small pear-shaped violin, but I've always had a sneaking admiration for the banjolele, an instrument that manages to be 2 things and yet somehow neither of those things.
    to listen to some weird stuff, including a zink :shock:
  16. Trom41821

    Trom41821 Member

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