An interesting instrument - the Carnyx

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From the website:

Music experts create replica of Iron Age Celtic horn used in warfare
Musician John Kenny, performed with the Carnyx, at the opening of the European Association of Archaeologists' (EAA) Annual Meeting at the Hunterian museum in Glasgow yesterday (Wed).

The Carnyx, is a wind instrument of the Iron Age Celts, used in warfare between 200 BC and 200 AD.

It was a type of bronze trumpet with an elongated S shape and the bell is styled in the shape of an open-mouthed boar's head.

John, a pioneer in the field of music archaeology, is a Professor at both the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.

Good Lord - Imagine being a Roman soldier far far from home, going to sleep knowing that tomorrow morning you would be doing battle with a group of semi-mystical Celts.  Imagine waking up and hearing 20 of these eachoing through the woods and fields. A roar of people.  A stamping of feet.

Wondering if one could be made from PVC pipe - tuba mouthpiece, figure out something for the bell...  Hmmm...

Used to subscribe to the Journal of Experimental Musical Instruments for many years.  The internet archive has all 80 copies - fascinating reading.

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