This three silver-keyed rosewood (?) instrument, with elaborate ivory inlay, was probably made in France. There is an onion-shaped baluster at the top of the instrument and a fish-tail touchpiece on the low C key. The overall size is 561 mm.
There is a crack in the ivory ring just below the onion on the upper section and the corking of the tenons is not original. The holes appear to have been enlarged with poor quality workmanship perhaps in an attempt to raise the pitch of the instrument – its usable pitch is now A4 = 425 Hz. This has resulted in the instrument’s generally very precise response but rather penetrating and bright tone and awkward intonation.
Technical description: Possibly rosewood with silver keys. There is elaborate ivory inlay: four vertical bands (width c 10mm) run the whole length of the instrument broadening towards the bell; there are wide (width c 20mm) rings at the sockets and the reed well, also a bell ring (width c 10mm), there are also many narrow inlaid ivory rings. There is an onion shaped baluster at the top of the instrument. The low C key has a fish-tail touchpiece despite the lack of a third key. There are two vent-holes in the bell. There is an inward flange at the base of the bell. Keymount type: raised rings: SATB. Keyhead type: flat, round. Repair History: The corking of the tenons is not original. The holes appear to have been enlarged with workmanship of a considerably lower standard than that of the original maker; this may have been intended to raise the pitch of the instrument.
james eastaway, 1987; s.|milton, 1993.
Purchased by H.I.|Brackenbury in London for £5/0/0.; Government allocation to the University, 1991.