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Bass trombone in G

This instrument is associated with the Cyfarthfa Band, one of the greatest and oldest virtuoso nineteen-century brass bands, founded in 1838 by iron magnate Robert Thompson Crawshay. It was made in France for British market, and imported by Dan Godfrey & Sons. It is a slide bass trombone made of brass in two sections (slide section and bell section), joined by a tenon-socket joint. The bell section has a main tuning slide. The slide section has a brace with a screw mechanism that would hold a handle, now missing. There is one water-key on the slide bow. Nominal pitch: G.

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  • Inscriptions:Raised medallion plate soldered on bell: crowned (castle?) belt inscribed GODFREY SONS with central D.G monogram|Stamped on bell: FIRST GOLD MEDAL / PARIS EXHIBITION 1889 / [Godfrey medallion plate] / 428.STRAND.LONDON / [Maltese cross] / (MADE IN PARIS)|Stamped on bell: CYFARTHFA BAND
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.22 Labrosones with slides
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 1285mm; Bell diameter: 206mm; Bore: - at mouthpiece receiver: 14mm; - at ascending inner slide: 12mm; - at joint: 12.2mm; Sounding length: 3110mm