The Instrument Spot-Michael Drummer

This gallery includes pictures of instruments that were created and used during the "Classical Era" of 1735-1825. Many of these instruments were crafted in a way that brings interest to them, but yet still beautiful sounding. Flutes, Timpanis, Clarinets, Contras, Strings, etc., together these instruments sound absolutely breath taking!

Depicted here is a Crystal-like flute crafted by Claude Laurent in 1817. This flute actually have less keys on it than our modern flute. The flute is the highest pitched instrument in an orchestra, and is widely used. One element I noticed was the shape of this instrument. It is thin around the mouth piece, then gets wider at the base of the instrument, which creates a nice air flow sound. This instrument is made from a material that resembles crystal.
The Timpani is an instrument that gives the orchestra a nice mid-to-low range tone. These drums are made to compliment tubas, contra basses, and many other low range instruments. The shape of these instruments are a circular form with a deep bottom, which creates the space for its tone.
This horn is one of the most creative and uniquely designed horns I've ever seen. The shape reminds me of a "snake". From looking at the fingering nodes at the top curve and bottom curve, and the size of the mouthpiece, this instrument could be place in the mid-to-low range of instruments.
The Cornet is one of the most famous, and widely used low range instruments created. The brilliant sound, and its deep tones, make this instrument the choice for any orchestra. The Cornet is also used worldwide in Drum & Bugle Corps. The fingering nodes resemble the same as a trumpet. Over the years, the shape of this instrument has change, but not dramaticlly.
This is a great choice for beautiful craftsmanship. The Clarinet is known for its lovely tones as well a smooth interpretations. This instrument is widely used for melodic harmonization. Created in 1785, this redwood-like instrument bears the resemblance of our modern day Clarinet. Although the fingering nodes are completely different from what we see on today's Clarinet, it still gives us that "air" presence we have come to love.
The Violin is one of the main instruments known in any orchestra. the "line" structure of this instrument is quite unique, and has been carried on to its modern-day relative. The Violin is now used as a high-ranged instrument resting on the shoulder of the player. This Violin resembles an instrument we come to know as the Viola or the Cello. Notice that the "broken" botton section of this Violin: The form of this creation is mainly for its look and not for its tones.
Now this is an instrument that should have a category of its own. The Alto Saxhorn is one that resembles a Tuba. With its 3-node fingering triggers, this instrument gives off the same feel as a Contra, Trumpet, or Tuba. Although this instrument is given an alto range, it can definitely be considered as a low range instrument. The size and shape of its bell relates to the distanceof the sound: the bigger the bell, the louder the sound.
This bow is one of the original bows created for the string instrument. From looking at its shape, the outside is bowed outward more than the bow we use today. The base of the bow is much thicker than the modern bow. The similarities of this bow and our modern bow, is that the strings of the bow has always been created by the use of horse tail hairs.
Believe it or not, this is a Flute. The craftsmanship of this instrument looks like it comes from an African background. The wood used, the design, and even the colors; all resemble an African tribal instrument. Notice the designs at the top, middle, and bottom of its body. Even the smoothness of its texture show that this creation was important to the artist. One can only wonder how this instrument might sound.
This is one of the most beautiful instruments I have ever seen! This harp looks like it was crafted from pure gold, Although one could only imagine how much money that would cost to make if it was. This instrument is considered to be a part of the "String" family, and is widely used in Classical music. The only people who mainly played this instrument were women, but there have been some evidence of men playing it as well (Do some research on King David of Israel). The unique design of this instrument resembles a European touch and the artist of this piece made it known through the symbols crafted on its body.
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