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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 is a bass tuba with an upright bell, made of brass with nickel silver trimmings and mechanisms. It has four rotary valves with clock-spring mechanism and brass mechanical linkages (some elements broken and/or missing). It has one water-key located on main tuning slide. The second valve tuning slide has a pulling ring. There is also a lyre holder, two carrying strap ring plates, and a thumb holder ring plate. Nominal pitch: E-flat.

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    Uhlmann, Leopold [Person]
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    Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
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    Vienna (Timezone: Europe/Vienna)
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  • Inscriptions:Engraved silver plate soldered on bell: [coat of arms of Austrian Empire] / K. und K. Hof / Instrumenten Fabrik / Leopold Uhlmann / Barnabitengasse 6 / IN WIEN|Engraved on bell: CYFARTHFA BAND
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  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Length: 963mm; Bell diameter: 288mm; Bore at mouthpiece receiver: 14.1mm; Sounding length: 3930mm