I love finding obscure amusements. I used to play the crumhorn. I was 14 or so, and it sounds like a fart, and it’s really hard to play without laughing. I remember our little early music group falling into useless laughter most evenings when someone pulled out the crumhorn.
From the FAQ page of the super site “Cantigas de Santa Maria“:
Q. Can I play the Cantigas on my crumhorn?
A. Definitely not; that would be silly. Crumhorns were, to quote an Early Musician friend of mine, “popular for about five minutes in the 16th century”. If you like musical anachronisms though, you might like to try playing CSM 159 on the electric guitar, which rocks.
Here’s a crumhorn player not taking himself too seriously: