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Subcontrabass in C. The lowest tone is BBB-flat (high pitch). Nine keys. Maple, stained dark brown; brass extension tube [removed - see "Conservation History" below] and bell; brass tips. Made in eight parts: crook, crook extension pipe (both of brass), wing-joint, intermediate joint, butt,...

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Stamped on ?: [eagle] / Stehle / formals / Kuss / Wien; Engraved on butt-joint ferrule: Kaiser K. Hof - Capellen / Instrument [foliage]


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

about 1840

Object Place

Vienna, Austria


Length 169.3 cm (66 5/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Maple, brass


Musical Instruments


Musical instruments, Aerophones