Wind Instruments

We’re playing various wind instruments, such as:

Csakan or the Walking Stick Recorder…

…is a recorder that was built into a walking stick. It was probably invented by Anton Heberle in the 19th century, a composer who lived in Austria-Hungary. The walking stick recorder was especially popular with men. In terms of sound, the csakan lies between the soprano and alto recorders.


The Csakan in action:


Instrument from the Middle Ages, closed at the top and bottom – warm, low overtone sound – made from animal (cow) horns.


Small Pipe

Quiet bagpipe from the Renaissance.


Indirect blowing instrument with a double reed  in a wind capsule – from the Middle Ages.

Melodion (Melodica)

Invented in Italy in 1950. In the course of time, the sound spectrum was extended to three octaves. The instrument is blown directly or via a hose.


Approx. 12’000 year old instrument, mostly made of burnt clay – warm, low overtone sound.


Penetrating, nasal sound – indirect blowing instrument with a double reed in a wind capsule – from the Middle Ages. The bright instrument comes from the workshop of Christoph Schuler


Despite its small size of just under 30 cm, the Ranckett sounds as deep as the subcontrabass or a bowed double bass! The tone is produced by the direct blowing double reed. This Rankett comes from the workshop of Christoph Schuler.

Saxofon aus Bambus

Is blown with only one reed like the clarinet or the saxophone. The sound is very similar to that of a real saxophone.


Originates from India – is a drone instrument for the accompaniment of singing. Air is supplied by means of bellows – sounds similar to an accordion. Today it is used in various formations, also in the pop scene.



Talv Oltenesc

Used in Romanian folk music – very special, penetrating sound – body made of pumpkin – indirect blowing double reed (small and fine).

Tin-und Low-Whistle

In use in Ireland since the beginning of the 19th century. Straight metal tube with only 6 finger holes, no thumb hole.


Directly blown double reed. Had its heyday in the Renaissance – forerunner of the bassoon.