The butcher and the mail.
The signal horn is one of the original
signal instruments. In medieval times,
long before there was an organized
postal system, by blowing on horns like
this one butchers gave notice that they
were ready to take along letters before
setting off to purchase cattle. There are
still situations in everyday life today that
call for a signal, for instance when the
roast goose is done, the departing for
holiday or the imminent arrival of
traveling from afar who wish to
be announced according to the old
With a little practice one can produce a
deep, vibrating tone that carries quite
far: moisten your lips and depending on
your mood, place the mouthpiece in the
middle or in the corner of your mouth.
While puffing with the correct embouchure
(lip position) blow steadily
and calmly through the horn.