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Bb Tenor Ophicleide

Bb Bass, 9 key, Brass, ca 1850, French Ophicleide. Overall length is 43" with a 8 1/2" bell diameter. Bocal and leadpipe are of the "U" type with adjustable "U" shape tuning slide typical of all French post 1850 instruments of this type. 


This instrument came from the collection of the late Phillip Palmer of Richmond, VA. Mr. Palmer was an internationally known collector of brass instruments, and considered by many to be a virtuoso performer on the ophicleide. This instrument was said to be his favorite player, and was played by him in solo performances and small keyed instrument brass groups.


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