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BRIEF DESCRIPTION  
 

 
The most striking feature of the cimbasso is the front-facing bell, which points slightly downward when the instrument is in the correct playing position. The cimbasso is about 120 cm high and is played in the sitting position, resting on the floor on a tail-pin or spike the length of which is adjustable. The five rotary valves are operated by the right hand, the 5th valve by the right thumb; the triggers of the first two valves are activated by the left hand.

The cimbasso is usually played by a tuba player because its mouthpiece is the same as the tuba’s.

Today the instrument is made in two keys, F and Eb (four valves) and is of the valved contrabass trombone type.

Classification
Aerophone, lip-vibrated instrument, brass wind instrument

Material
Brass, gold brass, nickel silver, gold lacquer.

Mouthpiece
Deep cup mouthpiece (corresponds to the tuba’s mouthpiece)

Tubing
Length 340 cm, cylindrical

Bore
Narrow, inner diameter 18.5 mm

Valves
Five valves (lowering pitch by 1, ½, 1½ steps, fourth-valve, 5th valve for the right thumb: wide whole step)

Bell
Rim diameter 27 cm

Adjustable tail-pin