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Ophicleide Quinticlave by Guichard Paris
The Ophicleide is a keyed brass instrument similar to the tuba.
It is a conical-bore keyed instrument belonging to the bugle family and has a similar shape to the sudrophone.
The Ophicleide was invented in 1817 and patented in 1821 by French instrument maker Jean Hilaire Asté also known as Halary as an extension to the keyed bugle or Royal Kent bugle family.
It was the structural cornerstone of the brass section of the Romantic orchestra, often replacing the serpent, a Renaissance instrument which was thought to be outdated
The ophicleide was eventually succeeded by the tuba, although it remained popular in Italy until the early twentieth century.
The euphonium can also be called a successor instrument.