Bass clarinet in C
Nicola Papalini, Italian, active about 1800–1825 Italian
Length 68 cm (26 3/4 in.)
Medium or Technique
Pearwood, horn, brass
Musical Instrument Gallery (Gallery 103D)
In C. Pearwood, varnished dark brown. Horn rings. Rosewood mouthpiece (later). Made in five parts: mouthpiece, crook, barrel, body, and bell. The body is carved from two separate slabs to make possible the forming of the bore of serpentine shape; the halves are glued together and fastened by iron pins. Nine fingerholes in the front (the second and eighth doubled; the first and fifth stopped by the middle joints of the fingers) two thumbholes, and one venthole in bell. Five square keys (Young type A) of brass (e, f#, g#, a', and speaker), mounted on blocks with springs attached to keys.