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    Someone who has seen this before?What is it?
    D.R.G.M. marked.

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    Please see extract below. See reference within script for "Martins Trumpet"
    The one shown has a good range of notes as it is multi valve and the other I saw was only 2 valves.

    In any other context, the “Schalmei” (French chalumai, English shawm) is a completely different instrument: a woodwind forerunner of the modern oboe tracing back to the Middle Ages. How the name came to be applied to two such unrelated instruments is not clear, but this otherworldly German cousin to the military bugle is also called a Martin’s Trumpet (named for the inventor Max Martin who is also remembered for the tü-ta tü-ta still used as a horn on emergency vehicles in Germany). Where this novel instrument initially caught on was in the Saarland, that disputed coal-mining territory (Think: World War I) on the French border. Roving Schalmei bands made up of unemployed war veterans in the 1920s accompanied their socialist songs with instruments of different sizes and registers. Erich Honecker’s father is known to have played in a Schalmei band when Erich (born 1912) was a small child. Because of this leftist ancestry, the Schalmei was a natural for adoption in the GDR. The stentorian outdoor sound of a Schalmei orchestra is not quite like anything else.

    This musical instrument played a rather amiable part in the history of Germany. Schalmei (shall-my) bands were formed in factories, communities, schools and paramilitary garrisons, and they also competed under the auspices of the FDJ on the regional and national level. If there is a contemporary heartland for the Schalmei since the Wende, it is the region of former East Germany called “Vogtland”, in the southwest corner of Thuringia near Plauen or Gera where the Schalmei tradition is still very much alive in smaller towns.

    More on Max B. Martin:

    ​The foundation stone for the German signal instrument factory Max B. Martin GmbH & Co. KG which opened in 1880 were hunting horns, cavalry trumpets and fanfare trumpets for two- or four-note signals. The now-famous Kaiserfanfare signal, “now here, now there,” announces vehicles of the royal family.

    In the early days, motor car horns and fire horns were production-priorities. These were also the years when many volunteer fire brigades called Martin Chapels were already responding to fires using onboard 8-tone Martin trumpets,

    In 1932 they developed the German signal instrument factory to manufacture for fire and police departments a horn with a “prescribed priority warning”. Up to World War II, these horns were made for emergency vehicles only.

    Looking at yours I would say it is missing the mouthpiece, the video has close ups and the mouthpiece looks to be reed based and not like a trumpet more, like an oboe. Presumably the vehicle emergency horn would be run by a compressor device and not a bloke stood in the wing "playing" it!

    Go here for some contemporary sound samples:
    Last edited by timg; 09-02-2019, 09:09 AM. Reason: better sample


      Thank you timg


        Originally posted by KBR View Post
        Thank you timg
        My pleasure KBR, I always like a bit of a mystery item.


        1) Did you obtain it from within Norway ?

        2) Do any of the Regiments that ended up in Norway as Garrison Troops originate from any of the areas the instrument is associated with?

        The reason I ask is that the Germans were very much into national character etc and the Horn as shown is also associated with Military Music very much like the bugle in British service. I wonder if it were part of a regimental band as such.

        I do not know what the Number 12 on your instrument signifies, could be a model number or size of course as you could get different ones.....or it could be an inventory number?




          Yes,I obtain it from Norway,from a family member...
          I think it has been here since the war.....
          D.R.G.M. (German Reich Registered Design) ended in 1945?

          2) I do not know


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