Pre-Owned Instruments

H.N. White Cleveland Model 629 BBb Sousaphone – $10,000.00

H.N. White Cleveland model 629 BBb Sousaphone, serial number 124687, .687″ bore, 24″ bell diameter, lacquered, new-old-stock, never used, with original neck, bits, King 26 mouthpiece, lyre, HN White Warranty Bond, original package label, and HN White instrument care brochure, with new King leather protector pads, in new MTS case.

The HN White model 629 Cleveland sousaphone was considered a student model instrument, but was made to exceedingly high standards of performance and durability.  The model 629 has some features that date back to the HN White 1250 of the early 1920’s, such as the main tuning slide being placed after the valveset.
This instrument came from the remaining unsold stock of an old music store that had gone out of business, as part of an acquisition that took 5 years for me to accomplish.  On the shelf were two lumps of wadded-up newspaper, one seeming to be in the shape of a sousaphone bell.  After unwrapping the two packages, I realized that I was the first person to see this sousaphone since it was wrapped in Cleveland, in Cleveland newspapers dated to the late summer of 1962.
This sousaphone has not yet been played, a privilege which is being saved for the original purchaser.  I carefully cleaned the King 26, removing the tarnish and returning it to brand-new condition.  I have never before seen an unrestored King 26 that was flawless.  This is your opportunity to own a piece of American brass instrument history, as well as a very nice-playing sousaphone.  Due to the value of this instrument, I will consider driving in the Continental US to deliver it personally.  Shipping Included.

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Buescher Custom CC – SOLD

Buescher Custom CC tuba, ser#6017, 19″ bell, .730″ bore, .810″ rotor, 34.5″ tall, Lacquer over Silver and Brass
A hand-crafted custom tuba from Buescher parts. This tuba trandscends the normal parameters known as a “Frankentuba.” My assistant Eric Murphy’s brain child. He started with a 3 valve front action BBb body and a rebuilt Buescher 4 piston valve sousaphone valveset of the same bore. This tuba was cut to CC. The valveset was reworked to allow top pull 3rd and 4th slide circuits. To complete the tuba, we bent and finished a new leadpipe, and installed a Hirsbrunner 5th valve rotor assembly. After fabricating a new lever and linkage, and play-testing, we buffed, polished, and lacquered the tuba. The result is a tuba that is more consistent in response and intonation than many new tubas available today. The sound is pure Buescher, unmistakenly vintage American!

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Besson BBb Recording Bass – SOLD

Besson BBb Recording Bass, ser#275062, 24″ bell, .734″ bore, 44″ tall, Lacquered
This 1958 Besson 3 automatic compensating valve BBb tuba is unusual in that it is a recording model with detachable bell, and that it has been restored. Lighter in weight than the American 6/4 recording basses, this instrument would ideal for someone looking for a recording bass. I find this to be a rather unusual and attractive instrument, with solid sound and intonation.

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Yamaha YCR 2310 Bb Cornet – $250.00

Yamaha YCR 2310 Bb Cornet, ser#205344A, Lacquered, with case, mouthpiece, polishing cloth, Hetman lubricants, cleaning rod, and flex brush
Excellent cornet with rose brass leadpipe, freshly serviced and ready to play.

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