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Lazar's Early Music

Bill Lazar

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

(650) 938-5367

(866) 511-2981

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

 

NEW:  Roland C-30 Digital Harpsichord

Optimized Crumhorns

 

These crumhorns are commercially made by a well-known maker, and further improved by David Hogan Smith.  He seals the bore (they should never need oiling), tunes them (mean-tone tuning) and makes custom dry-play cane reeds (no soaking needed).  The resulting instruments play easily, with a full, rich, clear, strong sound.  The consort is well balanced.

 

These are beautifully playing instruments close to the sound and construction quality of handmade crumhorns. 

 

In addition, I plan on keeping the S A T B GtB sizes in stock, so there will be no long wait to get an instrument(s).


Get these instruments and no longer have people laugh when they hear the sound of crumhorns :-)

  Prices/Models

 Crumhorn Sheet Music

 Care

Link to Piffaro video on crumhorns

New Item:

Reed Design for Early Woodwinds

by David Hogan Smith

I have a very limited number of copies of this excellent out-of-print book at $90 each.

crumhorns

Oahu, Hawaii, 2004, by Bill Lazar

 

 

  CRUMHORNS Prices Fingering Charts
DHS-R01

Soprano

Double upper keys, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple

$935
DHS-R02

Alto in F

Double upper keys, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple.

$1019
DHS-R02A

Alto in G

Without keys, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple.

$1019
DHS-R03

Tenor

Double upper keys, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple.

$1320
DHS-R04

Bass

Double upper keys, lower single key, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple.

$1822
DHS-R05

Great Bass in C

Double upper keys, lower single key, custom cane dry-play double reed, with windcap, mean-tone tuning, sealed maple.

$2572

If you don't need these professional quality instruments, then see my 'unoptimized' Moeck Crumhorns.

Crumhorn Music from the King's Trumpets & Shawms Editions
307 Michele Pesenti Dal lecto me levava ATTB $8.00
Ludwig Senfl  S'io non venni ATTB  
315 Thomas Stoltzer Melodia sexti toni SATTB $8.00
  Melodia primi toni SATTB  
327 Anonymous  Je ne dis mot SSATTB $8.00
F. Corteccia Guardane almo pastore SATTTB  
333 Josquin Desprez *La Spagna ATTBB $8.00
334 Thomas Stoltzer O admirabile commercium SATTB $8.00
344 Anthony Holborne Four dances SSATB $8.00
348 Jobst vom Brandt Es wurb ein's Königs Sohn SATTB $8.00
  Mir ist ein feins brauns Maidelein ATTTB  
375 Jacob Obrecht *Waer sij di han ATTB $8.00
  *Ic weinsche alle scoene vrauwen  ATTB  
377 Jacob Obrecht *Ic draghe de mutse clutse  SATB $8.00
  *Als al de weerelt   SATB  
383 Costanzo Festa Piu che mai vagh' et bella ATTB $8.00
  Come lieta si mostra ATTB  
379 F. Corteccia Ingredere              SSAATTBB $8.00
380 Ludovico Viadana *La Padovana              SATB SATB $9.00
381 Ludovico Viadana *La Bergamasca            SATB SATB $9.00
372 Thomas Stoltzer Erzürne dich nicht           SATTTBB $17.00
373 Thomas Stoltzer Verbum caro factum est      SATTB $17.00
Crumhorn Collections (score & parts, unless otherwise indicated)
502 Volume 1 German lieder - 10 pieces ATTB $17.00
503 Volume 2 German lieder - 10 pieces ATTB $17.00
504 Volume 3 German lieder - 11 pieces ATTB $17.00
505 Volume 4 German lieder - 10 pieces 5-part $17.00
506 Volume 5 German lieder - 10 pieces ATTB $17.00
507 Set of partbooks for Vols. 1, 2, and 3 (no scores) ATTB $34.00
508 Volume 6 Spanish music - 10 pieces ATTB $17.00
509 Volume 7 Italian music - 7 pieces ATTB $17.00
510 Volume 8 French music - 8 pieces ATTB $17.00
511 Volume 9 12 pieces SATB $17.00
512 Volume 10 10 pieces 6-part $23.00
513 Volume 11 7 pieces 5-part $17.00
514 Volume 12 German music: 13 pieces for 5 crumhorns w/great bass crumhorn 5-part $23.00
518 Volume 16 Italian music - 8 pieces ATTB $17.00
520 Volume 18 11 pieces ATTB $17.00
522 Volume 20 9 pieces for 4 crumhorns w/great bass crumhorn 4-part $17.00
523 Volume 21 12 pieces for 6 crumhorns w/great bass crumhorn 6-part $23.00

* – includes parts in both early and modern notation

 

Instrument Care

Assemble your crumhorn by placing the reed and staple into the top of the instrument up to the pencil line marked on the staple. On the bass crumhorn the reed must be placed onto the staple. Carefully place the wind cap over the reed. The reed is very fragile, so take care that it does not touch the inside of the cap. The bore of the instrument has been treated with a penetrating oil and does not need additional oiling.

After the instrument has been assembled, it should be taken apart only for reed adjustments, never for storage. There are two reasons for this. The safest storage place for the reed is inside the cap, and the slow drying of the reed inside the cap after playing minimizes warpage. Find a case which will hold the assembled instrument, such as an inexpensive gun case.

The reed is meant to be played dry and should never be soaked in water before playing. Doing so may cause the blades of the reed to warp into an undesirable shape. Simply warm up the instrument for a minute or so by playing or blowing air through it.

The best way to keep the crumhorn in good playing condition is to use it regularly. If the instrument has been stored for a month or more, the warm-up time may be longer. After a playing session, allow the assembled instrument to dry overnight and then store it in its case. If an excessive amount of water has collected in the bore, you may wish to disassemble the instrument and blow the water out. Then reassemble carefully for storage.

New reeds should be played at least a few minutes every day for the first month in order to break them in. Occasionally reeds may need to be adjusted. Always warm up the instrument by playing on it for a few minutes before attempting to adjust the reed. If the reed becomes too closed, the instrument will play sharp, sound too soft, and require a very light breath pressure. On the other hand, if the reed becomes too open, the instrument will become too loud, play flat, and be hard to blow. Once you have a sense of how the instrument normally plays, you will notice if the reed has changed and needs adjusting.

To open the reed, gently squeeze the sides of the top wire (Figure 1) with a pair of pliers or your fingers. A slight adjustment will translate to a large change in playing characteristics, so proceed slowly until you have a feel for it. To close the reed, gently squeeze the top wire from front to back (Figure 2).

As you inspect the reed tip opening, it should appear fairly closed. These adjustments change the pitch level of the instrument, so check with a tuner to make sure that it plays in tune. If the instrument plays out of tune, open or close the reed to reach the proper pitch level rather than moving the staple in or out.

With minimal care, crumhorn reeds will last indefinitely. The main reason reeds need replacing is damage caused by replacing or removing the wind cap. If you need a replacement reed or have questions, feel free to contact me directly.

David Hogan Smith

1720 - 19th Avenue

San Francisco, CA 94122

(415) 665-2083

shawm1@earthlink.net

 

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Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

Many people have told me how much they enjoy my bringing my ‘store’ of instruments to workshops so that they can try many different ones over the course of a few days.  This makes their decision-making process much easier. 

Obviously, when ordering by mail, I can’t send you my whole ‘store’ of instruments to try, but I do try to come as close as is reasonably possible.  All instruments can be ordered on approval.  I am happy to send out two or more instruments for you to compare.  For instance, I could send out two or three rosewood altos, or rosewood, pearwood, grenadilla and  boxwood altos for you to sample.  Then you can play them (please, no more than 15 minutes per day, just as if you were starting the breaking-in process), let your friends try or listen to them, and let a teacher try them.  This gives you some feedback on your choice, and gives you more confidence in your decision. 

I want you to be satisfied with your instrument, and feel under no obligation to buy it if you don’t like it.  A normal time for deciding is approximately one week.  I, of course, expect any returned instruments to be in like-new condition (see below).  Whether you decide to buy an instrument or not, all I ask is that you pay for shipping costs both ways.

Once you have decided on a purchase, I will bill you. 

Email, call or write me to order or discuss your needs.  You can't order from my web site--I like to discuss your order with you first.

 

I had an instrument returned that smelled of cigarette smoke.  The customer did not smoke, but a visitor did.  I haven't yet succeeded in removing the smell.  I can't sell a smoky instrument, so I do not want to send instruments on approval to households where people are allowed to smoke.  If a smoky-smelling (or mildew-smelling) instrument is returned to me, I will not accept it, and you will have bought it, since it is no longer in like-new condition.  In my experience, hardly any recorder players smoke, so this should be a rare occurrence.  So please, no smoke, mildew or lipstick, and brush your teeth before playing--all things you should do if the instrument were yours.  I hope you understand this policy.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.

 

I accept personal checks, money orders or cashiers checks.  
I accept Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. VisaMasterCard  
CONTACT

 

425 N. Whisman Rd., Ste. 200

Mountain View, CA 94043

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(866) 511-2981 toll free

(Pacific Time Zone)

(650) 938-5367 local/foreign/Skype

LazarsEMS@gmail.com

www.LazarsEarly Music.com

OPEN BY APPOINTMENT-Call--I'm here most of the time, 6-7 days a week

 

To order, email, phone or write me your request.

 

I don't give out customer contact information to other companies.



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