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Cornet Omnitonique

Maker:
Gautrot aîné (French, Paris active 1845–84)
Date:
1847
Geography:
Paris, France
Culture:
French
Medium:
Brass
Dimensions:
Height (Without mouthpiece): 12 7/8 in. (32.7 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 5 in. (12.7 cm)
Classification:
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 2003
Accession Number:
2003.13
Not on view
Patented in 1847, this cornet has Périnet valves and can be made playable in the keys of B-flat, A, A-flat, G, F, E, E-flat, and D by pulling out the slide, turning the valve, or doing a combination of both. The invention made it possible to avoid exchanging independent extension tubes to effect a change of key.
Marking: (stamped on the bell, the manufacturer's logo) "GAUTROT AINE A PARIS" [in italics] and an anchor with the monogram "GA" in an oval.
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