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Baritone saxhorn

This instrument is associated with the Royal Marines Band, and it is a British Army Pattern no. 6635. It is a double-coiled, upright-bell baritone saxhorn made entirely of silver-plated brass with three piston valves. There's a water-key on the main tuning slide, and a pull ring on the second valve tuning slide. The top caps have green felt bumpers. The instrument has a silver-plated mouthpiece. Nominal pitch: B-flat.

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  • Inscriptions:Engraved on bell: CLASS / A / NEW STANDARD / BESSON AND Co. / "Prototype" / LONDON / ENGLAND / British Throughout / L.P / RMB / 21 / A P / 6635|Stamped on first valve casing: BESSON / [five-pointed star] / BREVETEE (all inside oval cartouche) / 135645|Stamped on valve casings and piston stems: 30 21 32
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.232.2 Valve horns with wider bore
  • Repository:National Museum of the Royal Navy
  • Measurements:Height: 610mm; Bell diameter: 230mm