Ear Trumpets vs. Hunting Horns
Here are some clues that indicate this is a hunting horn or possibly a duck
caller and not a real ear trumpet.
First, consider the shape of the bell. The bells of devices used to produce
sound are typically flared out at a wide angle. Devices used to gather
sound typically flare out at a much narrower angle.
Second, notice the earpiece. Devices meant to blow on (horns) have a nice
rounded mouthpiece. The mouthpiece is also larger than an ear trumpet earpiece
so it would not fit into an ear canal. Ear trumpets typically have a little
"ball" at the tip of the earpiece.
Third, notice the angle of the earpiece to the body. Horns made to be blown
(hunting horns) have a straight shaft so you can blow on them, but keep the bell
of the horn facing forward. Ear horns have a curve just before the ear tip so
you can stick them in your ear and yet still have the bell facing forward to
collect the sound.
Fourth, notice the chain or cord, or rings for them in they are missing. Hunting
horns had chains or cords so they could hang around the person's neck when not
being used. Ear trumpets typically do not have such rings or chains.
Fifth, examine the supposed earpiece. Horns often have a reed in them that
vibrates to produce the sound when you blow on them. Ear trumpets never
have a reed as they are just collecting sound, not producing it.
Note: you can hold a hunting horn up to your ear and hear with it. Don't be
fooled. Just because it is billed as "working", and you can hear some sound
though it does not make it the real McCoy—it is still a hunting horn.
Conclusion: These are all real horns alright. They are just real
hunting horns, not real ear trumpets. Quite often you'll see real hunting horns
billed as ear trumpets or ear horns. Now that you are aware of the differences
between them, don't be fooled!
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