The tenor of the zink family (also known as
lysard or lysarden) has the peculiar curved shape of a flattened letter 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 inventory made
in 1602 of the instruments at Hengrave Hall.
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