The wooden serpent has gone out of use in military bands within recollection, the ophicleide from orchestras only recently.
Originally these tones were played by the ophicleide or Serpent (now obsolete).
He made a point of taking his constitutional during the hour made hideous by the ill-starred aspirant on the ophicleide.
ophicleide, of′i-klīd, n. a large bass trumpet, with a deep pitch.
The application of keys to the bugle produced the Kent bugle, and later the ophicleide.
Those which give out the fundamental tone and harmonics up to the eighth, such as the tubas and ophicleide.
"Like an ophicleide," said Gerfaut, who could not help laughing at the importance the artist attached to his display of talent.
In the ophicleide, the bass of the key-bugle, the bore is sufficiently wide to produce the fundamentals of a satisfactory quality.
Those who played the trombone and the ophicleide blew till their thick lips swelled, and seemed to cover up the mouthpieces.
Neither saxophone nor ophicleide was necessary for him to fill the soul with awe.