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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 3:17 am 
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This really is a perfectly serious suggestion, although you may not think so once you've read it!

Get an ordinary washing-up type rubber glove (Marigolds, other brands are available). Can you inflate it, like you would blow up a party balloon? And now you've done that as quickly as possible with a single hard puff, can you inflate it more slowly, controlling the inflation over a few seconds?

If so I'd suggest you can rest assured that you can generate enough puff to play a rauschpfeife. It's not the amount of air you put through them, it's the back pressure you apply (with practice and a decent reed you / I can play quite long legato phrases).

On a rauschpfeife your lips are not in contact with the reed, so I've absolutely no idea why anyone should be spitting blood after any amount of playing - unless they were playing far too early in the morning on a festival campsite and the hungover occupants of the next tent came round and punched them one ... you do get lip fatigue (so don't make a good seal on the windcap) which improves with experience, just the same as any other embouchure.

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:41 am 
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Thank you! I've been watching & listening to the clips on your website - the Rauschpfeife suits the Morris tunes extremely well!


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 09, 2013 5:38 pm 
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There's a section of my website dedicated to the rauschpfeife, including some links to Youtube videos of the Powderkegs with me on what a friend once affectionately termed the 'crotchet blunderbuss' ....
Aaargh. Now you've done it.

When this thread started, I was still in denial. Sure, my heart beat faster when I read, "something squawky & medieval", but I put it down to low blood sugar. Then at an orchestra concert on the weekend, I found my ears lingering on the sound of the oboe. And when I looked up Steve's rauschpfeife pages, the scales fell from my eyes. Now my life will not be complete without something double-reeded. And based on my experience with the whistle, I won't be content with just using ... I'll need to make them. I may start with something cylindrical, but that's just the start of a slippery slope down to full conical bore.

I'll likely end up sitting on a street corner, clothes all in tatters, my face blackened, sucking arundo donax from a paper bag.

Can I get help?

Is there a 12-step group?

How do I tell my family?


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 10, 2013 1:23 am 
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...sucking arundo donax from a paper bag.

Can I get help?

Is there a 12-step group?

How do I tell my family?

If you stick to arundo donax you'll be OK, it's the artificial substitutes that cause problems.
Dunno if there's a 12-step group ... I know a few guys who make up a 12-string group.
No need to tell the family, they'll hear all about it before too long :twisted:

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 12:05 am 
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sfmans wrote:
On a rauschpfeife your lips are not in contact with the reed, so I've absolutely no idea why anyone should be spitting blood after any amount of playing - unless they were playing far too early in the morning on a festival campsite and the hungover occupants of the next tent came round and punched them one ... you do get lip fatigue (so don't make a good seal on the windcap) which improves with experience, just the same as any other embouchure.

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It's the Shawm that causes the blood I think. Check the painting called "A Merry Round Dance in the Garden" which I have somewhere around here on a slide (remember those? :) )


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 8:58 am 
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Update: yesterday, we had lunch with Eric Moulder & his wife, and a visit to his workshop. He is a lovely man, very generous, and I now completely understand why he inspired a passion for woodwork in my husband all those years ago.

Eric let me try out a couple of his instruments and gave us lots of advice and information - I will be getting a Spanish Shawm in D. Apparently the reeds 'bite' if you put your tongue in the wrong place (hence the blood spitting?), but I'll make sure to keep my tongue [firmly in cheek?] tucked underneath.


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PostPosted: Mon May 20, 2013 10:08 am 
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Eric's Spanish shawms are the business aren't they! Good luck and keep us informed on progress.

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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 7:16 am 
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I've read that Eric makes a Mary Rose style douçaine. Did you get a chance to try one of those?


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 7:39 am 
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Is that the same thing as a Dulcian? I saw several of those, and he played one for us. Beautiful to look at & listen to! I didn't try it, but we may well see more of Eric - husband is going back to learn how to make shawms etc. :)


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PostPosted: Tue May 21, 2013 12:09 pm 
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As I understand it, dulcians look like this ...
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The douçaine is older. It looked like this...
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Although they were common in the Renaissance, we had no surviving versions of the douçaine until an artifact recovered from the sunken Mary Rose was identified as one. A reproduction looks like this ...

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I'd be interested to get my hands on measurements of the original Mary Rose artifact, if they are available.


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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2013 11:26 am 
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Have just checked, and the Doucaine is indeed listed under his name. What do you want to know about it? I can probably find out...


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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 10:53 am 
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If you get a chance to try one out, I'd be interested to hear what you thought of it.

Also looking forward to what you think of the Spanish shawm. Good luck with it.


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PostPosted: Fri May 24, 2013 9:13 pm 
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http://www.albanfaust.se/instrumentbygg ... /info.html

This is my capped Shawm by Alban Faust. Mine is in A and it is a superb instrument.

I first heard it played by Ale Moller the great Swedish multi instrumentalist on a Robin Williamson album in unison with Northumbrian pipes.

Eventually I found out that Ale uses Alban Faust instruments. In my search I tried a Rauschpfeife made by Moulder...an excellent instrument but the capped Shawm was what I was hearing.


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PostPosted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:40 am 
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I like the Catalonian tenora, a highly developed and keyed Spanish shawm. There are some youtube videos.


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Consider John Hanchet:

http://www.hanchet-woodwind.co.uk/index.html

http://www.hanchet-woodwind.co.uk/indexe.html

He makes shawms in several styles. But his Spanish-style shawms cost quite a bit less than his others, and are really quite good. They cost less because the design is simpler and so less work to produce -- but musically they are in no way a compromise.

I have the C soprano and F alto, and a friend has the F sopranino. They all play well, sound excellent and work well together.


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