A very nice example of this fearsome Breton instrument, the bombarde’s long and slender bore means it is not only incredibly loud, but has a more refined tone than other folk shawms.
This one appears to be made from grenadillo and has one brass key. The woodwork is in very good condition and the pad is closing nicely. It’s possible that there was once a decortive ferrule at the very top of the instrument.
I have adapted a highland bagpipe chanter reed for it and it is playing very well in the key of A.
It was purportedly once owned by the instrument maker Arnold Dolmetsch (1858-1940), although I have no way of verifying this.