Contrabass Valve Ophicleide in D

Leopold Uhlmann Austrian

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 680

Uhlmann developed this type in 1835, first as a bass and then in the contrabass version on display. Also in 1835, August Guichard in Paris developed a different valved ophicleide and Wilhelm Wieprecht in Berlin invented the tuba, which finally became the prevailing valve bass.

Contrabass Valve Ophicleide in D, Leopold Uhlmann (Austrian, 1806–1878), Brass, nickel-silver, Austrian

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