Kelhorns (Kelischek Horns)
are Capped Double-Reed
Instruments very similar to Crumhorns and Cornamusen of the Renaissance but with a significantly shorter overall length due to a convoluted, snake-like internal bore. The instruments are much easier to play because the finger holes are closer together and do not require an uncomfortable stretch. Even small hands can easily reach the tone holes on a bass Kelhorn! For good volume, a "bell" is carved into the end of each horn. Kelhorns are fitted with our long lasting and reliable Susato Reeds. The sound is "buzzy" and wonderfully flexible! Like Gemshorns, all Crumhorns, Cornamusen and Kelhorns are nine-note instruments. They do not "overblow" into a second octave like recorders.
This picture shows un-assembled maple-wood halves of a Tenor and a Bass Kelhorn's convoluted bores. Soprano Kelhorns do not need a convoluted bore, because a Soprano is already very short.
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