SAM 230 is a particularly fine soprano cornetto. To most players it works surprisingly well without any modification or modernisation. It has a particularly bright sound and a very sonorous middle-high register.
Instrument’s length: 573,6 mm.
The mouthpiece attached to it seems to be an original (old) one, and it presents a very shallow cup, at least to the taste of most modern cornetto players. This mouhpiece belongs to the Vienna collection but it must not necessarily be related specifically to SAM 230 (reports from players who examined this collection in the 60s say that it was attached to a different instrument back then). Instrument and mouthpiece do work very well together although.
The only common complaint to this instrument regards the all-closed B-flat, but this element is not necessarily a flaw, read this article.
SAM 230 plays around A = 472 Hz. for most players. We have already produced scaled-up versions for A = 466 Hz. and even A = 440 Hz. with great success.
Source of the measurements and pictures: Beatrix Darmstädter, "Die Zinken und der Serpent der Sammlung Alter Musikinstrumente“, Edition Bochinsky, 2011, ISBN 978-3-941532-08-3
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