Sousaphone. Nominal pitch: E♭.

Instrument

Sousaphone

Instrument Family

Wind

Maker

Hawkes and Son

Place Made

London; Europe; England; United Kingdom

Date Made

Ante 1932, probably 1920s

Description

Technical description: Silver-plated brass; final section of bell flare fitted to bell-pipe with flanged joint and secured with two screws with heads pierced by rods, the bell mouth can to rotated to point in any desired direction. Valve type: 3 Périnet valves (not inspected as top caps stuck, but apparently conventional, bottom-sprung). Repair History: A replacement mouthpipe and mouthpipe supporting rods supplied by A.K.F. Wilson, 1982.

Other Information

General usage of type: The original sousaphone, as made by Pepper in 1893, had the bell directed upwards (the 'raincatcher' model), It was intended for concert use, not marching. Conn made them soon afterwards. The 'sousaphone grand' or bell-forward model was first made by Conn c1908 for player Ted Pounder. Other makers followed.

Notes

r.parks, 19.2.94; a.myers.

Measurements

1320; bell 587.

Provenance

Purchased in 1983 with assistance from the Government's Local Museums Purchase Fund and the University's General Council Trust.

Collection

MIMEd; Glen Collection

Accession Number

430

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