Bass valved bugle in G. Brass tubing. One Périnet valve. Finger hook on bell. Mouthpiece, piston and finger button missing.

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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