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Bass courtaut (after Mersenne, 1636)

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Cylindrical body of maple, stained dark brown. Two flaring caps bound with brass ferrules. Brass staple for the double reed. The U-shaped air column is formed by two long bores joined at the bottom by a cross-bore, the extra holes plugged by wooden plugs. Six finger-holes in the front, very...

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Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by Francis W. Galpin to William Lindsey (1858-1922), Boston, Massachusetts; 1916, gift of William Lindsey, in memory of his daughter, Leslie Lindsey Mason, to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 5, 1916)

Credit Line

Leslie Lindsey Mason Collection


Reproduced with permission.

late 19th century

Object Place

Hatfield Regis, England


Length 61.5 cm (24 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones