This Frank Holton BBb raincatcher jumbo sousaphone “Beverely June”, serial # 114305, has original lacquered body, original gold-plated 18 11/16″ bell, .750″ bore short-action valves. After research, I have not yet been able to get a definitive answer of who Beverely June was, but this is the most unique, distinctive sousaphone I’ve ever encountered. In the depths of the Great Depression, gold-plating the entire instrument would have probably been too costly, and the appearance difference between a fresh clear lacquer on the body and the gold-plated bell would have been minimal. The instrument has rebuilt Holton patented short-action valves, sometimes referred to as “scoop” valves. The instrument is a fine player, and an extremely rare, one-of-a-kind historical piece.
Price Reduced: SOLD