A copy of an original by Johann Georg Braun of Mannheim (Universität Leipzig Musikinstrumentenmuseum) and dating from between 1816 and 1833, this is suitable for performance of the music such as the Mendelssohn Konzertstücke and other solo basset horn works of the early 19th century.
Besides being a practical and representative model in its own right, this instrument is especially significant since with its straight body, angled barrel and backwards-pointing bulb-shaped bell, it is very similar to what we know of Anton Stadler's basset clarinet of 1794.
Keywork is equivalent to that of an 11 keyed clarinet of the same period, plus a chromatic extension to low B natural (below bottom C!).
normal pitch is A430.