Contrabass serpent, nominal pitch: 16-ft C

Instrument

Serpent

Instrument Family

Wind

Maker

Joseph and Richard Wood

Place Made

Huddersfield; Europe; England; United Kingdom

Date Made

Circa 1840

Description

Technical description: Wood with leather binding; brass stays, bell mount, crook receiver mount, keywork and crooks; crook overall lengths: original 1360, alternative 1034; no finger-holes; keys arranged for right hand held under tube. L0: @I{B♭. L1: @I{B. L2: @I{A. L3: @I{A♭. L4: @I{G. R0: @I{C♯; D. R1: @I{E♭. R2: @I{E. R3: @I{F. R4: @I{F♯. Keyhead type: flat round. Repair History: Restored by C.W. Monk c|1985. Alternative crook made by Ted Kirby for C.W. Monk c|1985.

Other Information

General usage of type: This is the only known octave contrabass serpent apart from modern examples. Specific usage history: Played for some 20 years by the makers in Almondbury Church, Huddersfield, and on occasion in York Minster. Possibly also played by the makers in local bands. Used more recently in the 1956 Hoffnung Music Festival, by the London Serpent Trio 1985 - 1988 and in the Serpent Celebration, St John's, Smith Square, London, 13th July 1990. Dubbed `The Anaconda' by Morley Pegge (1959).

Notes

arnold myers; r.|parks 27.4.91, 7.12.91.

Measurements

1360.

Provenance

Until 1989 in the ownership of the descendants of the makers.; on loan to the Collection.

Collection

MIMEd; Object Lessons

Accession Number

2929