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Basset Horn

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Jakob Friedrich Grundmann (1729-1800)1787DresdenDiv. wood, ivory, brass, brass wire, iron screws, twine, leather and red lacquer paintL: 104,3 cm; Ø 3,1 cm (Ø bell 17 cm)

This basset horn, originally and independently produced by the workshop of Jakob Friedrich Grundmann was crafted to the highest standard of Dresden woodwind instruments, and has been preserved in an excellent condition. The basset-horn was first developed in the 18th century as a tenor piece belonging to the clarinet-family. Its particular sonorous pitch made it a favourite. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) often included it in his compositions, for example.