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Clarinet in A

This is a clarinet made of boxwood, in five sections (barrel, upper, middle and lower joints, and bell), with ivory ferrules and brass keywork. It has five flat, square-cover keys mounted in knobs and lower stock bulge, with flat springs attached to keys. The mouthpiece is made of dark wood with grooves, and has a thread ligature. There is also an early crack repair made with twine in the bell. Nominal pitch: A.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on bell: [Prince of Wales feathers?] / GOULDING & Co / LONDON|Stamped on barrel, top, middle and bottom joints: GOULDING & Co|Stamped on mouthpiece: Geoe Ward (cursive)
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:422.211.2 (Single) clarinets with cylindrical bore, with fingerholes
  • Repository:Colchester and Ipswich Museums
  • Measurements:Height: 680mm; Bell Diameter: 82mm