This three silver-keyed ivory instrument was probably made in France. There is a slender onion-shaped baluster at the top of the instrument and a straight (no fish-tail) touchpiece on the low C key. There are two vent holes in the bell. The overall size is 578mm. This instrument is made of ivory, an expensive and slightly unusual alternative to the range of woods that were normally used. There is a section missing inside the bell socket and a smaller section missing from the middle joint socket. There is also a large chip from the flange at the base of the bell. The usable pitch is A4 =415 Hz. The tone is generally bright and clear with a good response, particularly in the upper octave. However, intonation is difficult even with some unusual fingerings and a few notes are poor in quality and intonation.
Technical description: Ivory with silver keys. There is a slender onion shaped baluster at the top of the instrument. The inward flange at the base of the bell is unusually small. The low|C key has no fish tail, it has a straight touchpiece as do the two E♭ keys. There are two vent-holes in the bell. Keymount type: blocks, the upper one forming half a raised ring; SATB. Keyhead type: C key: flat, round; E♭ keys: flat, square.
james eastaway, 1987; s.|milton, 1993.
Purchased by H.I.|Brackenbury from Howarth for £4/0/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.