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Contrabass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Seventeen keys. Rosewood, stained dark brown; German silver keys and tips. Made in five parts: crook, wing (or tenor) joint, butt, long joint, and a bell. Conoidal bore, except the bell-joint which becomes very slightly narrower toward the orifice...

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Stamped on bell, wingjoint and buttjoint: 2 0x / 1 ; stamped on bassjoint: 2 Ox / 1 / [BOOSEY &] Co/ 29[0?] RE[G]ENT STREET / LONDON / [62]63


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


Object Place

London, England


Length 127.4 cm (50 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones