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Fife in C

Catalogue number: 2.3

Original name: Fife in C.

Maker: Thomas Cahusac I.

Place of origin: London, c.1738 – 1798.

Overall size: 398.3mm.

Sounding length: 310.5mm.

Bore diameter: 10.3mm.

Technical description: One section, six holes, brass ferrule on upper end, lower ferrule missing. Embouchure and finger-holes slightly oval. Embouchure hole diameter: 7.6mm - 8.5mm. Cork tuning stopper

Finger-holes

Diameter (av.)

Distance from foot (distance to hole centres)

Left hand, first finger:

5.6mm

168.4mm

Left hand, second finger:

6mm

144.3mm

Left hand, third finger:

6mm

125mm

Right hand, first finger:

6.4mm

99.5mm

Right hand, second finger:

6.4mm

88.6mm

Right hand, third finger:

5.5mm

57.4mm

Inscription: Stamped on Top joint: “C / CAHUSAC / LONDON”.

Faults: Slightly warped, very small crack at top, brass Ferrule missing.

General usage: British Military Instrument, late 18th / early 19th Century.

Usable pitch: Plays at a’ = c.430 Hz.

Performance characteristics: Octaves are not in tune but the tuning cork is stuck.

Illustration references: See below

Previous owner: William Bentley.

Previous collection numbers: A and B: Item 27.

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