Read online:

Like the clarinet, it is a reed instrument, and sounds more mellifluous than the oboe.

So … anyone want to guess what this instrument is? I mean … “more mellifluous than the oboe”?? Really now, how could that be? ;-)

Well, here you go:

I have to confess — because I just love to confess publicly, in case you haven’t noticed! — I hadn’t heard of the chalumeau before.


  1. So, that is why the bottom register of the clarinet is referred to as the “chalumeau” register. Makes perfect sense now. I wonder what you would get if you put a double reed on a recorder? Crumhorn perhaps?

  2. I know nothing about clarinet, Bill, and hadn’t even heard that term before!