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post horn

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(Instruments) a simple valveless natural horn consisting of a long tube of brass or copper, either straight or coiled; formerly often used to announce the arrival of a mailcoach
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Noun1.post horn - wind instrument used by postilions of the 18th and 19th centuries
wind instrument, wind - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by the breath
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Bright yellow coaches, often with a small mail van in tow (for post autos still carry post), are a common sight in high-altitude regions and their signature sound--the first movement of Rossini's William Tell Overture, played by the drivers on three-tone post horns with electrical compressors at every road turn, is perhaps one of the most familiar Swiss 'voices'--melodious, if somewhat ear-grating.
Hunting and Post Horns, Fanfare and Signal Trumpets," and here the length derives mainly from the sheer number and variety of instruments to be described, ranging from simple-sickle-shaped horns of the sixteenth century up through American Legion bugles and Young Pioneer fanfare trumpets from the Soviet Union.
But his quest for different nuances also led him to experiment with such unorthodox "instruments" as the French trompes de chasse, post horns, Swiss alphorns, Nordic lurs, various conches and seashells, and even a length of kelp he found on the beach in South Africa.