Technical description: Cocus wood with german silver ferrules and keywork. Five pieces: mouthpiece [not original], barrel [not original], upper section, lower section, bell. Simple system with patent C sharp. Mouthpiece and barrel in ebonite. Speaker on the front side of the instrument, chimney. Barrel is tuning type allowing instrument length to be increased by 13mm (approximately half a semitone) without gap in bore.
L0: T; speaker.
L1: T; throat A♮.
L2: T; throat A♭.
L3: T; cross E♭₄/B♭₅.
L4: C♯₄/G♯₅; E₃/B♮₄; F♯₃/C♯₅.
R1: T; side F₄/C₆; side trill key for throat A-B♮.
R2: T + spectacle.
R3: T + spectacle (forked B♭₃/F♮₅); cross B♭₃/F♮₅.
R4: G♯₃/E♭₅; F₃/C₅.
Keymount type: pillars.
Keyhead type: modern.
Barrel outer section cracked.
Repair History: Cracks in upper section top tenon repaired by lining bore with metal tube; crude repair to B♮ bascule; side B♭ for R1 has been removed and holes plugged. The bell requires much lapping to fit and may be a replacement.
Usable pitch: modern pitch A₄ = c 440 Hz.
t.k. dibley, august 1992; r. neil, e. planas, 1985; h. fricke, july 2005.
641; 569 to top of barrel.
Purchased in 1983 with assistance from the Government's Local Museums Purchase Fund and the University's General Council Trust.