The echo cornet is a duplex instrument, which means that it embodies the characteristics of two different instruments, and the player can choose freely between them. In this case, the cornet is supplied with a fourth piston and a second bell that tappers inversely, as compared with the main bell, thus producing a muted tone. The player could then choose between an "open" or a muted tone almost instantaneously, without having to recur to a separate mute. This example is made entirely of silver-plated brass, having three top-sprung piston valves, with coiled springs, brass disc pin guides, and cork bumpers. The shorter fourth piston valve activates the muted bell, and it is bottom-sprung with a metal guide pin on bottom of piston. The second bell attachment can be disassembled through a ligature screw ferrule joint. This cornet still has an additional rotary valve with a wingnut switch to change the total length of tubing used, and therefore the pitch of the instrument. There is a water-key on the leadpipe bow, a B-flat tuning bit, and a silver-plated mouthpiece. Nominal pitch: B-flat and A.
Brown & Sons [Corporation]
Museum of Army Music
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- Place of production:
London (Timezone: Europe/London)
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- Decorative elements:Embossed valve caps and ferrules with stars and flowers.
- Inscriptions:Stamped on bell: Class A (gothic script) / IMPROVED VALVES / W. BROWN & SONS / Makers (gothic script) / KENNINGTON ROAD / LONDON|Stamped on mouthpiece: B & H STANDARD / C (and) MADE IN ENGLAND|Stamped on rotary valve winged nut: 46|Stamped inside valve top caps: 1 2 3|Stamped on tuning bit: Bb
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- Repository:Museum of Army Music
- Measurements:Length: 315mm; Height: 205mm; Bell diameter: 124mm; Sounding length: 1230mm