Grove describes this as a name occasionally used around 1550 or 1850 for “big reed stops”. Irwin describes it as an early form of Trombone found at 32' or 16' pitch. The instrument of the same name was a precursor to the orchestral trombone.
Only two examples are known:
Sackbut 32', Pedal; York Cathedral, England; Hill 1833. Audsley reports that this stop was removed in 1903, but as of 2001 it is reportedly still extant.
Sackbut 32', Pedal; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Buffalo, New York, USA; Moller 1986.
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