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I have an Alexander Kaiser BBb 164. Anybody have any idea how to find the date on one of these horns? no serial number to speak of, and no Garland on the bell either.
1948 H.N. White Trombonium
1936 H.N. White Baritone
1911 H.N. White EEb Helicon
1896 Henry Distin EEB Tuba
19XX Sherman Clay & CO. EEb Sousaphone
1970 Conn 20J BBb Tuba- FOR SALE
Probably your best resource will be someone like Klaus who is familiar with European instruments. Lots of pictures will help... especially things like linkage detail, braces, ferrules, and such.
Whew! When I first read the topic, I thought you talking about "going out with" or "courting" your tuba. OK. After I recently saw the story of the female teacher who married herself, one never knows anymore.
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Contact Caspar Kerkof at Alexander directly. He is very friendly and will contact the "old workers" who can give you rough dates based on the features of your horn. He has helped me bracket two of the Alex tubas I own, and given me additional history which confirmed stories from the seller.
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Alex 164C, 163C, 155F; Mira/Alex 184/155C
Strange, i thought the same thing!
Probably will take in-house experts from Alexander to date this tuba with any degree of precision.
But even they will need photos of a much higher resolution to see details that will give away a year or even a decade.
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