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Bassett: Nicololocked

  • Charles Foster


Double-reed wind-cap aerophone, illustrated in M. Praetorius, Syntagma musicum, ii, Sciagraphia (Wolfenbüttel, 1620), pl.XIII, alongside a consort of crumhorns. No other description or example is known. The wind cap, turnings, and fingerholes resemble those of the extended bass crumhorn illustrated, while the lower section has four keys covered by a large fontanelle, as in the ‘Basset oder Tenor Pommer’ illustrated in pl.XI of Praetorius. Baines argued that the Bassett: Nicolo resembles the instrument referred to in the Cassel inventory of ...

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