Bassoon. Nominal pitch: C.

Instrument

Bassoon

Instrument Family

Wind

Maker

Unknown

Date Made

Circa 1790

Description

Technical description: Maple, with brass ferrules, keywork and crook. Wing with unusual fluted recess extending upwards as far as upper brass ferrule. F key for R4 fishtailed. Long joint with D, E♭ and B♭₁ keys for L0 mounted on platform. 18th-century English slim baluster type bell section. L0: T; B♭; D; E♭. L1: T. L2: T. L3: T. R0: T. R1: T. R2: T. R3: T. R4: F; A♭. Keymount type: Saddle. Keyhead type: Flat. Repair History: Pitch has probably been sharpened by shortening the upper end and opening the bell. Upper brass ferrule on wing has probably been moved over the fluted area after the top end had been cut down, and the choke at extremity of bell has been opened up. Trace of hole for harmonic key 149 mm below upper end. Butt ring removed. Crook a replacement by J. Soulsby, c1983.

Other Information

Specific usage history: According to H.I. Brackenbury's notebook, found in a belfry in a Yorkshire church suggesting possible church band use.

Notes

l.g. langwill, 1981; w.r.waterhouse, 1993, 1983.

Measurements

1230; crook 228.

Provenance

Government allocation to the University, 1991 (apart from crook).

Collection

MIMEd; C.H. Brackenbury Memorial Collection

Accession Number

1003

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