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Bass tuba (low B-flat)

This is a bass tuba, Model 98 Mammoth BBb, with a wider bore and massive flared bell, made of silver-plated brass. It has three bottom sprung piston valves, with white felt bumpers and mother-of-pearl buttons (all buttons are different, not original).

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  • Inscriptions:Engraved on bell: Holton (gothic script) / 98 / ELKHORN, WIS. / U.S.A.
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:423.231.2 Valve bugles with wide bore
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Height: 1000mm; Bell diameter: 555mm