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Keyed bugle in C

This instrument might be 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 is a single-coiled, keyed bugle made of copper with silver trimmings (braces, mouthpiece receiver) and keywork. It has seven flat, round-cover keys mounted in saddles (two broken, one missing). There's a rack-and-pinion tuning mechanism with screw at the mouthpiece receiver. Currently, the instrument has a silver-plated mouthpiece. Nominal pitch: C.

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  • Decorative elements:Engraved garland with foliage and floral motifs.
  • Inscriptions:Engraved on garland: Improv'd & Made by / Charles Pace, / 49 King Street, Westminster|Stamped on mouthpiece shank: BESSON & Co. / Prototype|Stamped on mouthpiece cup: T / 10
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.213 Labrosones with fingerholes, with (wider) conical bore
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 440mm; Bell diameter: 162mm; Bore at mouthpiece receiver: 12.5mm; Sounding length: 1170mm