Moulder Kortholt Bass
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Moulder kortholt bass. The kortholt was popular in the Renaissance period, the name coming from the German kurz (becoming kort) meaning short and holz (becoming holt) meaning wood. This refers to the characteristic low sound that belies the short length of the instrument. The kortholt is a capped reed instrument and is double bored, similar to the bassoon. Its construction is similar to that of the chanter of a bagpipe. The pitch of the note can be varied by opening or closing finger and side holes along the length of the instrument. The sound is a similar to the crumhorn, but is softer.