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The New World offered a range of marketing opportunities for Boosey & Hawkes, and their instrument designers were keen to develop models based on those already in use in America and Canada. The instrument seen here is an example of an American G bugle with a discreet piston valve, concealed by the player's hand to give the impression that pitch changes are achieved purely by the lips. Boosey & Hawkes imported this instrument in order to study the design, and 2004.812 is an example of the instruments that the company then produced for trans-Atlantic export. Many of the Boosey & Hawkes order book records for valved bugles in G state that they were intended to be sold in Canada.

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Bass valved bugle in G. Brass. One Périnet valve, positioned beneath and parrallel to bell stem. Finger hook on bell stem. Valve piston missing.


Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: whole)

Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  bugle
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  bugle
object name (unclassified):  valved bugle
object name (AAT candidate):  signal trumpet
catalogue title:  423.231.11
classified as:  423.231.11

Additional date information
date made:  1875 - 1940 

Materials & techniques
copper alloy; solder
Additional material & technique information
material: copper alloy (overall)
material: solder (overall)
overall: 620 mm x 270 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 620 mm x 270 mm

Acquisition supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund
Boosey & Hawkes Collection

Related objects
similar:  bugle (object-122655)
Related subjects
object name: bugles
object name (Horniman Ethno.): bugles
material: copper alloy
material: solder
classified as: 423.231.11 Valve bugles with narrow bore with short air column (less than 2 m)
classified as: 423.231.11 Valve bugles with narrow bore with short air column (less than 2 m)

Record created 2003-12-22 by JCORT
Record last updated 2018-02-27 by XGVIEWS

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