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Cornet a Pistons in B-flat

Auguste Raoux (French, Paris 1795–1871)
Paris, France
Brass, nickel-silver, mother-of-pearl
12 3/4 × 9 3/8 × 13 1/2 in. (32.4 × 23.8 × 34.3 cm) Diameter (Of bell): 4 7/8 in. (12.4 cm)
Aerophone-Lip Vibrated-horn
Credit Line:
Purchase, Clara Mertens Bequest, in memory of André Mertens, 2003
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680
The instrument is a variant of the cornet a pistons, called Neocor; it features an upward pointing bell that is movably attached to the first valve; it comes with 2 shanks, 5 terminal crooks and a narrow shank for the crooks, permitting the instrument to be converted into the pitches Bb, A, Ab, G, F, E, and Eb; the cornet has 3 Stoelzel valves, which deepen the pitch by l, 1/2. and 1-1/2 steps respectively.
Marking: (stamped on the bell)"AR" and the manufacturer's logo "RAOUX RUE SERPENTE A PARIS"; (stamped on nickel-silver patches on the shanks and crooks)"S" (short shank), "A" (long shank), "Lb" (shortest crook), "S" (G crook), "F" (F crook), "M" (E crook), "Eb" (E-flat crook); the shank or bit for the crooks is marked "B"; the screw caps of the three valves have the following slash marks: / // ///.
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