This 21-keyed instrument is of palisander (rosewood) with german silver ferrules, crook well lining, bell rim mount, keywork and crook. It has a standard French Buffet key system with and extra F sharp / G sharp trill key. It is atamped on all joints with lyre / and in cartouche, “BUFFET / Crampon & Cie / A PARIS” / and monogram BC; also on butt “R782/6591”. The D key guard decoratively incorporates the “BC” motif. It has two reed boxes with reeds, a brown leather round cross-section drop-in case and a tin of Vaseline. The usable pitch is A4 = 435-439 Hz.
Technical description: Palisander with german silver ferrules, crook well lining, bell rim mount, keywork and crook. Standard French Buffet key system with extra F♯/G♯ trill key for R0.
L0: C; B♭; harm 1; harm 2; alt crook key; E♭; D; C♯. L1: T; G trill; A♭. L2: T; F♯ trill. L3: T; E♭. L4: C♯; crook key. R0: T; alt F♮ (enabling F♯ to G♯ trill); F♯. R1: T. R2: T; C♯. R3: G; B♭, both with rollers. R4: F; A♭, both with rollers.
Specific usage history: Played by Lyndesay Langwill until his death in 1983.
w.r.|waterhouse, 1993, 1989.
Bought by L.G. Langwill from Stuart Arthur, an Edinburgh theatre musician, c|1932.; Gift of Mrs J. Rasch, 1983.