from The Century Dictionary.
- noun Same as
- noun In clarinet music, same as
- noun In the bagpipe, same as
- noun In organ-building, a soft reed-stop. Also called a musette.
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The schalmei is mentioned as far back as Sebastian Virdung's "Musica getuscht und ausgezogen" (1511).
The instruments are viols and wooden wind instruments of the schalmei family.
The schalmei was developed into a whole family, enumerated by Prætorius in the work already mentioned.
But more probably it was one of the older reed instruments of the oboe family, the pommer or possibly a schalmei.
This is a schalmei sometimes referred to as a signal or Martin trumpet.
The highest of these, the little schalmei, was seldom used, but the "soprano schalmei is the primitive type of the modern oboe." [