Definition of bombardon in English:


Syllabification: bom·bar·don
Pronunciation: /ˈbämbərdən, bämˈbärdn


  • 1A type of valved bass tuba.
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    • The bombardon is circular, passing over the performer's head, with the bell directed upwards.
    • In some parts of Europe, bass ophicleides and valved tubas were indiscriminately called bombardons.
    • Their design was adopted by other instrument makers who modified them slightly and began producing the bombardon in different sizes and shapes.
  • 1.1An organ stop imitating this.
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    • All lacking chromatic notes were added to basses and trombones to fit the fully chromatic 110-key scale, the bass pipes were doubled and 16’ bombardons were added to the brass 8’ trombones.
    • What on earth would it have been like if they had installed the 32' Bombardon that was prepared for it (presumably a downward extension of the 16' reed).


mid 19th century: from Italian bombardone, from bombardo 'cannon'. Compare with bombarde.

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