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Military bass drum

This instrument is associated with the Royal Military School of Music. It is a military bass drum with emblazoned wooden shell, wooden counterhoops, 30-inch skin heads, and a chrome-plated rod-tensioned system using orchestral-type claws and double-wall lugs (10 rods). This drum was probably rope-tensioned originally, as the counterhoops were re-drilled and filled, therefore indicating a renovation/restoration. The left counterhoop has a screw hardware to attach a cymbal.

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  • Decorative elements:Heraldic emblazonment of the Royal Military School of Music, with Royal Coat of Arms and respective badge. Counterhoops with standard wavy-line pattern in Royal tri-colour (blue, red and white).
  • Inscriptions:Painted on shell: George Potter & Co. Potter's Corner ALDERSHOT
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:211.212.12 Individual double-skin cylindrical drums, both heads played
  • Repository:Museum of Army Music
  • Measurements:Width: 470mm; Diameter: 780mm