Chalumeaux

Instrument origin:

 

The chalumeau is a member of a family of instruments the early development of which is unfortunately not well documented, even by the standards of other woodwinds in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. This may be due to its low social status during those periods. Single reed instruments with a cylindrical bore may have been around from as far back as the 12th century, the term chalumeau is found in 16th century French dictionaries where it refers to such instruments. Use of the instrument seems to have spread from France through the rest of Europe during the course of the 17th century and by around 1700 the instrument maker J C Denner began adapting the instrument, adding keys until eventually the Baroque clarinet was achieved.

Soprano Chalumeau in C

The instruments are keyless, parallel bore and fitted with a modern Yamaha Eb mouthpiece. The sound is mellow and an octave lower then a recorder of the same size (overall length is approx. 325mm).

The wood used is sycamore (stained&oiled or just oiled), but other woods are available. (the purple Chalumeaux in the picture were made using Purple Heart).

 

Price: £130 (sycamore)

                 £140 (other woods*)

A chalumeau is supplied with 1  Eb clarinet reed. Leather cord is used to hold the reed onto the mouthpiece, as it would have been done on the original instruments.

* Previous woods have included: Olive, Purple heart, American red cherry, Padauk, English walnut, Wild mango and Fig.

 

 

Soprano Chalumeau in C (a=415)

 

The soprano chalumeau is also available in a=415 pitch (baroque pitch). This instrument does come with 2 keys. It's range can be found on the fingering chart.

Unless an other wood is specifically requested, the wood is oiled sycamore (stained or unstained).

 

Price £250

 

Other wood: Please ask for the price

 

The instrument will be supplied with 1 reed, a bag and a cap. The reed is secured onto the mouthpiece with a leather cord.

 

Soprano Chalumeau a=415
Soprano Chalumeau a=415

Alto Chalumeau in F

 

The Alto is available with or without keys. Please have a look at the fingering charts for the range of each instrument. As with the soprano chalumeau, the alto is fitted with an Yamaha Eb mouthpiece.

Unless an other wood is specifically requested, the wood is oiled sycamore (stained or unstained).

 

Price without keys £250

Price with keys £350

 

Other wood: Please ask for the price

 

The instrument will be supplied with 1 reed, a bag and a cap. The reed is secured onto the mouthpiece with a leather cord.

 

Alto Chalumeau without keys
Alto Chalumeau without keys
Disassembled Alto Chalumeau
Disassembled Alto Chalumeau
Keyed Alto Chalumeau
Keyed Alto Chalumeau
Thumb key Alto Chalumeau
Thumb key Alto Chalumeau

Books with tunes for the Chalumeau

32 Tunes for the Soprano chalumeau

chalumeau-book-cover

Duets for soprano and alto chalumeau

Chalumeau duet book
Chalumeau duet book

Selected and arranged by Lizzie Gutteridge.

 

Price: £6