Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bass recorder
  • Johannes Adler
    active: Germany
  • bass recorder, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • wood, varnish, metal, string, carving, staining
  • Object Length/Diameter: a) 23.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a) 9 1/4 x 1 15/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 11.5 x 5.5 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 4 1/2 x 2 3/16 x 3 9/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: c) 46 x 4.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: c) 18 1/8 x 1 3/4 x 2 9/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: d) 27 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: d) 10 5/8 x 2 3/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0546.a-d

The recorder is in four parts. It is a glossy dark brown.

2007.0546.a is the mouthpiece cut on an angle at one end. The opposite end has a "male" element wrapped with string, for insertion into part b. The mouthpiece end is wider and more bulbous with a rectangular whistlehole.

2007.0546.b is an "L" shaped joint with a ridge at either end.

2007.0546.c is the cylindrical middle segment with a "male" element at either end, wrapped with string, for insertion into parts b and d. It has four open fingerholes and one thumbhole on the back. There are four silver-colored metal keys on the front. It has one metal tab on the back and a metal ring for a neck strap.

2007.0546.d is the foot segment with two rounded raised ridges and three incised lines. It has a flared end.