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basset horn

noun
1.
an alto horn with a soft tone.
Origin
1825-1835
1825-35; < German Bassetthorn < Italian corno di bassetto horn of a somewhat low range. See corn2, basset1
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basset horn

noun
1.
an obsolete woodwind instrument of the clarinet family
Word Origin
C19: probably from German Bassetthorn, from Italian bassetto, diminutive of basso + horn
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basset horn

clarinet pitched a fourth lower than the ordinary B clarinet, probably invented in about 1770 by A. and M. Mayrhofer of Passau, Bavaria. The name derives from its basset ("small bass") pitch and its original curved-horn shape (later supplanted by an angular form). Its bore is narrower than that of the E alto clarinet, and it has a downward extension of compass to the low F of the bass voice (written as C). The boxwood instrument is usually built to order, in straight form with upturned bell

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