In this picture of the London Gabrieli Brass Ensemble found here, one sees what I suppose are natural brass instruments.

Five musicians with brass instruments. The musician in the lower right corner is holding a curved trumpet-like instrument.

Does the trumpet in the lower right corner have a specific name? It has a different form than the baroque trumpet that looks like this (from this site):

A baroque natural trumpet - consisting of a single loop, but otherwise long and straight.

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    If it's helpful, that trumpeter is David Blackadder, principal trumpet of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    – Richard
    Mar 30, 2020 at 17:39
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    Blackadder? He must have a cunning plan Mar 31, 2020 at 14:55
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    He played at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Mar 31, 2020 at 15:30

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It's a demilune trumpet. There are lots of images on google.

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Item 72 from the Natural Trumpets catalogue of the Bate Musical Instrument collection.

Demilune trumpet c.1840 This trumpet is made of brass. It has a central tuning slide. It is also curved probably to make hand stopping easier. It was made by Dubois & Cie.

If you look carefully you'll see Prof. Blackadder's trumpet has an extra loop just after the mouthpiece, so this picture isn't the same instrument he's playing.


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