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Bass drum

This instrument is associated with the Cyfarthfa and Merthyr Municipal Band. It is a bass drum with wooden shell, wooden counterhoops, 32-inch skin heads, and rope-tensioned with British style leather braces (round edge, white, with vellum lace). The counterhoops have fifteen drilled holes and brass saddles through which the tensioning rope passes.

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  • Inscriptions:Painted on shell: HAWKES & SON, MAKERS, DENMAN ST., PICCADILLY CIRCUS, LONDON|Painted on shell: CYFARTHA (sic) / & / MERTHYR / [cross patée] / MUNICIPAL / BAND
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
  • Repository:Cyfarthfa Castle Museum
  • Measurements:Width: 435mm; Diameter: 830mm