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Bass tuba (low B flat)

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. Bass tuba with an upright bell, made entirely of brass with nickel-silver valve buttons. It has three bottom-sprung piston valves similar to the "Berliner pumpen" style (short and wide diameter). It has two carrying strap rings and a lyre holder. Windway description: leadpipe goes into main tuning slide, then to first, second and third valves. Nominal pitch: low B-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on bell: MÉDAILLE / DE / 1RE CLASSE / EXPOSITION / UNIVERSELLE / 1855 (all encircled) / Médaille (gothic script) / LONDRES 1862 / Exposition Universelle (gothic script) / PARIS 1867 / Médaille d'Honneur (gothic script) / EN ARGENT / ANTOINE COURTOIS / Breveté (cursive) / FACTEUR DU CONSERVATOIRE / 88.rue des Marais / Paris (cursive) / S. ARTHUR CHAPPELL / Sole agent / 52 New Bond Street / London (cursive) / CONTRE BASSE / SIb|Engraved on bell flare: W. T. CRAWSHAY, ESQ.
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.231.2 Valve bugles with wide bore
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 1000mm; Bell diameter: 329mm; Bore at the mouthpiece receiver: 16.7mm; Sounding length: 5410mm