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bass – dord íseal

First Bronze Age – large bass trumpet made in modernity – ‘dord íseal’ , low drone as Gaeilge, key of D.

This Bronze trumpet is the first prototype of these larger bass instruments made in modernity. The design was taken from a drawing by George Eoghan of an original from Co. Kerry. The new instrument was commissioned by Simon O’Dwyer and cast by the C.A.S.T. Foundry in Dublin, Ireland in the Summer of 1989. Though the casting was successful the resulting instrument was very heavy. It was playable in the key of D and was used by O’Dwyer for a tour of Australia in the Spring of 1991. Today it serves as a predecessor to subsequent large end-blown bass trumpets that were made lighter and closer to the originals.


Bronze Age – large bass trumpet– ‘dord íseal’ – low drone as Gaeilge, key of E-flat.

The second ‘dord íseal’ made in modernity has been the working instrument for Simon O’Dwyer since it was designed by him and cast by the Dublin Art Foundry in 1998. It is made in the same fashion as the original from which it is copied. The full instrument shape combines three parts which join together to form a long-curved instrument. As the mouthpiece end is missing on the original instrument, a new tube with a lip cushion on the end and decorated in the same way as the other parts was designed and made to fit on the end of the instrument. The resulting complete trumpet has been played for numerous demonstrations, presentations and concerts both in Ireland and Internationally by Simon O’Dwyer. This instrument is also a major feature in the music of the band ‘Reconciliation’. This large end-blown trumpet produces a rich bass sound upon which overtones and harmonics may be produced.

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