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John Hanchet

Historical Woodwind Instruments

About Us

The timbre can be varied somewhat by the choice of reed design as the instruments are sufficiently tolerant to allow the player this luxury. Most pirouette assemblies are in two parts and conveniently adjustable to the individual players requirements
I have specialised in shawms since the late 1960’s. I have personally researched, measured and played almost all the surviving originals and have been working with shawms on a daily basis for almost 30 years.


Instruments are individually prepared following a written order. Delivery time is usually a few months, though often the most popular items are available immediately.
The priority has to be the shawms, making delivery on recorders very slow at times.

Instruments must be paid for before dispatch but you are protected by undated guarantee should any problems occur which are of my making.

There is no sales tax or import duties payable on my work within the EU., but post and packing will be charged at cost.

Payment in U.K.: By normal cheque etc.
Payment from abroad: In English pounds. (bank draft/order cheque or by international money transfer through post offices for smaller amounts).

Customers may arrange to pay the Euro equivalent of my bill directly to my German account.

 (The £ is normally about 1.5 Euros)

Contact Us


1 Roxley Close
Norwich NR7 OQH

(0044)(0)1603 437324

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