Tuba. Nominal pitch: F.
Place MadeLondon; Europe; England; United Kingdom
Date MadeCirca 1931
DescriptionTechnical description: Silver-plated brass; `Barlow model', the normal British 5-valve tuning arrangement, the 4th valve lowers by 5 semitones, the 5th valve by 1 semitone.4th and fifth tuned wide for use in combination. Five uncompensated valves give scope for choice of valve combinations to produce the whole compass with acceptable intonation. The replacement tuning-slides have stockings to facilitate movement. With 4 water-keys and fitting for music card holder. Finger-ring on 5th v.t.s. to enable adjustment while playing. Valve type: 5 Périnet valves, bottom sprung; alignment by key on piston. Repair History: New leadpipe made by Derek Farnell of Crumpsall, Manchester, c|1982; tubing between the 5th valve and the tuning-slide has been replaced, possibly also c|1982. New pistons made and casings re-bored by Walter Nirschl, 1991; Bow for the main tuning-slide and all tuning-slide inner slides replaced 1991. Subsequently silver-plated.
Other InformationSpecific usage history: Reputed to be the 14th and last 5-valve F tuba made for and used by Harry Barlow (1870-1932), or possibly made for a pupil while taught at the Royal Academy of Music (1931-32). Used professionally by Vic Saywell, a London freelance tubist. Lent to Horniman Museum for "Sound Designs" Exhibition 2006-
Notesr.|parks, 9.12.00; a.|myers 15.12.00; e.|mitroulia (bore) 18.6.03.
Measurements893; bell 432.
ProvenanceJames Gourlay (2000); Sebastian Waller, Oberaudorf, Germany (1993-2000); Bob Tucci (1993); Mike Johnson (1991-93); Margaret Fletcher (1987-91); John Fletcher (c|1982 - 1987); Vic Saywell; Harry BarlowÊ (1931-32).; on loan to the Collection.