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Alto bassoon (octave bassoon)

Double reed, alto bassoon made of rosewood in four sections (wing, butt, ""bass"" and bell), with nickel-silver mounts, keywork, and crook. Twelve modern-style cup keys mounted in posts with rods. Ebonite rollers on low keys. Nominal pitch: C. Made by Stephen Quilter who worked for Hawkes and Son. Only two of these were made - the other is at the Bate collection in Oxford, made by Quilter in 1923 for the Hawkes display at Wembley Exhibition. This instrument is part of the Albert C. Spencer collection.

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  • Inscriptions:Stamped on all joints: HAWKES & SON / MAKERS / LONDON
  • Hornbostel-Sachs category:422.112 (Single) oboes with conical bore
  • Repository:Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton
  • Measurements:Height: 615mm