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.
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 c 1908 for player Ted Pounder. Other makers followed.
R. Parks, 19.2.94; A. Myers.
1320; bell 587.
Purchased in 1983 with assistance from the Government's Local Museums Purchase Fund and the University's General Council Trust.