Conn Factory Model Donatelli model CC tuba, serial number 395437, 22″ bell, 36 1/2″ tall, .734″ bore, raw brass. The C.G. Conn Company at one time had unfinished, raw brass working models of all of their brass instruments hanging on the wall at the old Elkhart factory. In the photos you will see the tag that was affixed to the main tuning slide of this rare and beautiful CC tuba, built in 1951. Inside is a check-out card, so that the instrument could be accounted for when checked-out from location C-2 in the factory for testing and evaluation or for a build project. This instrument was bought from the estate of a collector who bought it at the factory sale, and had had it in storage for over 40 years. This is one of approximately five Donatelli models built in 1951, and is still essentially in factory-original condition. Besides saving the original factory tag in an airtight container, I also removed the original felts and corks from the valves, as they are in new, unused condition. Since the bell has an unmistakable reddish color indicating a very high copper content, and the flare is of pre-1930-style construction, it is very likely that the bell and possibly more of the parts for this tuba were made in the 1920’s, when the first CC tuba was made for Donatelli. The instrument is as tight as a new instrument, and is a fabulous player. The sound is very dark and focused, very full-sounding, and more agile than a 22″ bell might suggest. The low range is legendary, and the privileged tones speak virtually as well as valved combinations, so that the instrument really can be effectively played chromatically down to the pedal range. I have cleaned the instrument and done careful restorative work, and did buff and lacquer the finger buttons and top caps only. This is a real historical piece that is one of the very best CC tubas I’ve ever played, and will be appreciated by anyone who sees, hears, or gets to play it. With Altieri bag and provenance………………………………………….$6,550.00
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