Rudall Carte and E.A. Couturier Conical-bore Instruments Compared

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In 1903 the British wind-instrument manufacturing firm of Rudall Carte & Co patented brass instruments with a ‘conical bore’ which had less cylindrical tubing than conventional designs; their ‘Patent Conical Bore’ instruments were produced commercially. Over a number of years from 1913 the U.S. manufacturer E.A. Couturier patented a series of ‘conical bore’ brass instruments which were put into production. This article compares the designs of the two firms and draws conclusions about their originality and impact.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalHistoric Brass Society Journal
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 28 Feb 2019