Tutubia, tronpeta

Tutubi joaldia. Juan Mari Beltran. Oiartzun, 1998.

Tutubia-tronpeta (JMBA bilduma, 0042)

Tutubi-tronpeta pita (JMBA bilduma, 0604)

Zelestino Artola tutubia jotzen. Errazkin, 1981.


The tutubi or tronpeta is a double-reed aerophone, of the oboe type.

Description of the instrument

It is a conical tube similar to a dulzaina, formed with a long ribbon of chestnut bark. At the upper end a double reed nozzle is inserted (see description of the sunprinu).

Way of playing

The player puts the pita in their mouth and blows it, making the two reeds vibrate.


In the Navarrese valley of Araiz, another instrument similar to the sunprinu was used, which they called tutubi or tronpeta. It is made from chestnut bark and has no finger holes, so it just gives a note.

The way of making the pita is the other difference that this instrument has with respect to the sunprinu.

The conical tube that makes up the instrument is made with the bark extracted from a long chestnut stick, and the mouthpiece is made with another piece of bark extracted from another stick (as in the txulubita). The small bit is squeezed, forming a double tab, and inserted into the top of the main tube (Beltran, 1996, 78).

The other important difference the two instruments is that the sunprinu is an instrument for adults and the trumpet-tutubi is a sound toy for children.



BELTRAN ARGIÑENA, Juan Mari. (1996). Soinutresnak euskal herri musikan. Hernani: Orain.

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