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Some large Anglo-saxon trumpets may be seen in a manuscript of the eighth century in the British museum. The largest kind of trumpet was placed on a stand when blown. Of the oliphant, or hunting horn, some fine specimens are in the South Kensington
collection. The sackbut (of which we give a woodcut) prooably
:made of metal, could be drawn out to alter the pitch of sound. The | sackbut of the ninth century had, however, a very different shape to that in use about three
centuries ago, and much more resembled the present trombone.
The name sackbut is supposed to be a corruption of sambuca.
The French, about the fifteenth century, called it sacqueboute and
The most important wind instrument—in fact, the king of all
the musical instruments—is the organ.
The pneumatic organ is sculptured on an obelisk which was
erected in Constantinople under Theodosius the great, towards
the end of the fourth century. The bellows were pressed by men