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TROMBITA – THE SHEPHERD’S CELL PHONE

Shepherds led somewhat lonely lives at the salaš (chalet), and were mostly left up to their own devices in critical situations. In addition to the hard work, they had to know how to tackle bad weather, dangerous beasts, assaults of Hungarian raiders, and even an attack of bandits. In emergencies, when help had to be called for, various signal instruments proved their worth: the trombita was one of them.

Several metres long, the trombita is a conically flared wooden pipe. It is made of a single piece of wood, such as a well-dried trunk of spruce, fir, maple or poplar tree. Once ready, the trunk is cut lengthwise, both the halves are hollowed and then pasted together again using bitumen. A mouthpiece is set on the narrower end of the trombita, the instrument is then bound up with hoops and wrapped in cherry bark. The trombita makes a distinct bellowing sound. Depending on the player’s skill, it can even play simple tunes. Originally, however, it was used for signalling from one salaš to another, and locals say, with a little exaggeration, that it was the predecessor of the modern-day cell phone.

Bača s trombitou

Bača s trombitou

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N 49° 33.346', E 18° 48.071'
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