The Serpent Website

The Serpent is one of the most improbable musical instruments ever devised. In use almost continuously since its first appearance in 1590, it continues to find a place even in today's high-tech musical environment. This website provides basic information on all aspects of the instrument, from its early history through the present day.

The content of The Serpent Website is intended for the interested lay person, not for serious musical research. News and other timely information is excluded, since there are other sources of information specializing in those areas. Refer to the listed publications, periodicals, organizations and links and forum for more information.
What is it?
Heavy Metal Music
 Rum Balls
 Why a Serpent?
 The Hosaphone
Two Kinds of Chili
 How was it used?
Hear a Serpent
Cheesecake & French Silk Dessert
 Discography & Filmography
Fingering Charts
Gulasch-Suppe (Goulash Soup)
 How is it made?
 Modern Music
 Making a Case for the Ophicleide
Southwestern Cheese Dip/Spread
 How is it played?
Build a Serpent or Ophicleide
Lemonade Pie
Newsletter Back Issues
Three Kinds of Cookies
 Quotes & Anecdotes
Photo Gallery
Kung Pao Chicken
 Historic Music
 Links & Serpent Forum
The Last Page
Oven Fries & Maultaschen

As of 2009, www.serpentwebsite.COM is being redirected from both www.serpentwebsite.ORG and www.serpentwebsite.NET. This is an experimental association and might not be continued. If creating or modifying links to the Serpent Website, please use ONLY the .COM extension.

Interested in Trebuchets (Medieval siege machines)? The author of this site has designed a few, and plans are available on his site, see link below.

The entire content of this webpage is copyrighted by Paul Schmidt, 1997. However, all source information is in the public domain. Queries should be sent to the Serpent Newsletter editorial office, as listed under Organizations.

If you experience difficulty with this website, you may send comments to The Serpent Newsletter via email:

A somewhat related site is the newsletter & website editor's personal website: Paul Schmidt - His Website
(information on engineering, sound recording, bicycles old and new, trebuchets)

The Serpent Website: Copyright Paul Schmidt 1997
Revised March 2009