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Beale, Simon locked

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(fl London, 1643–80). English trumpet maker and court trumpeter. A medallion, dated by Byrne to 1643, shows ‘SIMON BEAL AET SVAE 28A’ holding a trumpet with a distinctive three-lobed ball on the bell pipe, possibly the earliest evidence of this English feature. Beale is known from two references in Pepys’s diary and other contemporary documents. He was said to work in Suffolk Street, London. In 1655 he supplied trumpets for a state occasion. His name appears in court records from the time of his appointment in June 1660 as a King’s Guard until February 1680, when his name appeared in a petition against one Joseph Wheeler, another trumpeter. His activities before 1660 are not clear, but Pepys stated that Beale had been one of Oliver Cromwell’s guards. He is reported to have made the tuba stentorphonica (‘speaking trumpet’), invented in 1670 by Sir Samuel Morland. In September 1675 he was known to have mended and altered recorders, and in January 1676 he was required to make a new silver trumpet. A magnificent copper natural trumpet of 1667 with silver mounts (pitch approximately present-day D♭) survives in GB.O.ub. (M. Byrne: ‘The Goldsmith-trumpet-makers of the British Isles’, GSJ, xix (1966), 71–83)

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