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Bassoon (Boehm system)

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Contrassbass in C. The lowest tone is BB-flat. Twenty-nine keys. Rosewood, stained dark brown. German silver keys and trimmings. Made in six parts: crook, two left-hand joints, a U-shaped connecting tube (German silver), two right-hand joints; the whole body of the instrument forming a U-shaped...

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Stamped on wingjoint and bell: BREVETE / [monogram] / A. MARZOLI A PARIS; Stamped on bell: 92


By 1890, belonged to a 60th Rifle Battalion of the British Armed Forces [according to the Royal Military Exhibition, 1890]; by 1916, acquired by Francis W. Galpin (1858-1945), Hatfield Regis, England; 1916, sold by 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

about 1865

Object Place

Paris, France


Length 132.7 cm (52 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Rosewood, nickel silver


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones