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|The tenor of the zink family (also known
lysard or lysarden) has the peculiar curved shape of a
s. Besides giving the instrument its name, this
shape helps the player cover the finger holes on this longer zink. The
holes for each hand happen to be in the portion of the curves which are
closest to the player. The lizard's tone is pleasing, yet rather foggy.
It blends well with voices and plays on one of the inner voices of an ensemble.
A Lyserden is listed in the waits' band of Exeter in 1575 and a
appears in the inventory made in 1602 of the instruments at Hengrave Hall,
Suffolk, that belonged to Thomas Kytson. Refer to the
page to see the bass of the cornett family.
Musica Antiqua's collection includes a replica by Moeck