Bassoon in C

Catalogue number: 5.3

Original name: Bassoon in C.

Type or system: 15 keys.

Maker: Boosey & Co.

Place of origin: London, c.1886.

Serial number: 10212.

Overall size: 907mm (without bell).

Bore: Wing joint: crook receiver 12.5mm - 15mm av.; boot joint: 17mm av. - 25.5mm av.; long joint: 25mm - 33mm av.

Technical description: Four sections of rosewood. Wing joint: 512.5mm; boot: 410mm; long joint: 594mm; bell missing.

German silver key work, ferrules, crook well lining, and butt; hinged cap on base of butt. Modern keywork, mounted by post and axles. Overlapping touches on B, C and D keys. Ebonite rollers.

Key work and finger holes.

Left hand thumb:

B flat, B, C, harm 1, harm 2, C sharp, D, E flat.

Left hand, first finger:


Left hand, second finger:

T, F sharp trill.

Left hand, third finger:

T, E flat.

Left hand, fourth finger:

C sharp; crook key.

Right hand, thumb:

T, F sharp.

Right hand, first finger:


Right hand, second finger:


Right hand, third finger:

T, B flat.

Right hand, fourth finger:

F, A flat.

Inscription: Engraved on Boot joint ferrule: “BOOSEY & Co / MAKERS / LONDON / 10212”

Decorative features: D key guard incorporating “B” motif.

Faults: Crack on bottom of long joint; bell missing.

Specific references: Boosey & Hawkes archives.

Illustration references: See below.

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