Strange instrument names. Which is your favourite?

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


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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
 

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.

Dave
 

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....
 

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 :?:
 

Dave Payn

Active Member
PeterBale said:
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 :?:
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!
 

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
 

Accidental

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

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

Accidental

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

Morghoven

Member
Accidental said:
I like bombardon too - sounds so much joliier than tuba!!
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!

Dave
 

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.
 

lynchie

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