The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone Bookmark and Share

The bulk of the musical talk

Moderator: Uber Moderators

The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby WilliamVance » Sat Oct 27, 2012 12:19 am

So I just got in a Sousaphone that was made by The Elkhart Band Instrument co. It has the engaging in the side, not top of the name and an Elk. It looks like it had sat some place humid for a LONG time. I cleaned up the the valves and did a flush of the tubes, threw a Conn style neck on and it played very well! It's similar in size, weight and wrap to a King 1250. All notes slot well except the Db in the staff but that could be due to iffy valve alignment. The brass is thin but has sustained little denting. The finish is silver but probably the most tarnished I've seen. Several areas are green and I think it's going to take some mechanical buffing to clean it up more. My question is to the age of the horn. The serial # is 2888 then a space and 28. Could this horn be from 1928? The is very little info on this make. ive read Elkhart Band was a student line of Buescher. Here is the ebay link for pictures: http://item.mobileweb.ebay.com/viewitem ... 1115202065
Bill Vance, Tubist - Reno Wind Symphony, Municipal Band, & Boca Brass Quintet
Martin-King 6/4 custom 4V BBb Tuba
Martin "Mammoth" 3V Tuba '38 & Sousa '27
Olds O-99-41 3/4 Tuba '77
KING H.N. White Sousa '51
KING 2341SS-new style
User avatar
WilliamVance
3 valves
3 valves
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:18 am
Location: Reno

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby KiltieTuba » Sat Oct 27, 2012 2:02 am

It's most likely a Buescher stencil or possibly a later Buescher when they were bought out.

Should have read the entire post... - yea, it's definitely a student-line Buescher... :oops:
User avatar
KiltieTuba
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 4489
Joined: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:31 am
Location: Michigan

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby Paul Scott » Sat Oct 27, 2012 7:33 am

There was an older line of instruments made by The Elkhart Band Instrument Company. Those aren't stencils but were made by an independent company (or at least as independent as the makers in that city were). They are listed in several trade publication articles of the day, (the 1920s).

Not sure if this instrument is from that era but thought I'd share this information.
Paul Scott
pro musician
pro musician
 
Posts: 318
Joined: Sat Mar 20, 2004 8:11 am

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby WilliamVance » Mon Oct 29, 2012 12:18 pm

Here are some pictures now that I've been able to somewhat clean up the horn:
Image
Image
Image

It plays very well and I love the light weight. a conn style neck works well, still waiting on tuning bits... Note slotting is nice and it has a great bottom end for a sousa this small. The pistons are all copper and show no evidence that they've ever been plated. I put the pistons back in numbered order and it played stuffy compared to before I took it apart. I noticed #1 and #3 are the same port alignment, switched them out and it plays much better with them reversed.

I'm still working on the tarnish around the valve cluster... I ran out of elbow grease after 4 hours.
Bill Vance, Tubist - Reno Wind Symphony, Municipal Band, & Boca Brass Quintet
Martin-King 6/4 custom 4V BBb Tuba
Martin "Mammoth" 3V Tuba '38 & Sousa '27
Olds O-99-41 3/4 Tuba '77
KING H.N. White Sousa '51
KING 2341SS-new style
User avatar
WilliamVance
3 valves
3 valves
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:18 am
Location: Reno

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby Lee Stofer » Tue Oct 30, 2012 12:41 pm

The instrument is definitely a Buescher. The engraving style, valve layout, everything points to it being a Buescher. Enjoy!
Lee A. Stofer, Jr.
User avatar
Lee Stofer
TubeNet Sponsor
TubeNet Sponsor
 
Posts: 672
Joined: Mon Mar 22, 2004 7:50 am
Location: Clinton County, Iowa

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby KiltieTuba » Tue Oct 30, 2012 1:24 pm

Now you need a replacement Buescher-style neck and bits...
User avatar
KiltieTuba
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 4489
Joined: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:31 am
Location: Michigan

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby WilliamVance » Tue Oct 30, 2012 3:49 pm

If only someone had a genuine Buescher neck and bit set to sell... Hint hint lol
Thanks Lee for your insight!
Bill Vance, Tubist - Reno Wind Symphony, Municipal Band, & Boca Brass Quintet
Martin-King 6/4 custom 4V BBb Tuba
Martin "Mammoth" 3V Tuba '38 & Sousa '27
Olds O-99-41 3/4 Tuba '77
KING H.N. White Sousa '51
KING 2341SS-new style
User avatar
WilliamVance
3 valves
3 valves
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Thu Mar 25, 2004 1:18 am
Location: Reno

Re: The Elkhart Band Instrument co. Sousaphone

Postby KiltieTuba » Tue Oct 30, 2012 8:47 pm

WilliamVance wrote:If only someone had a genuine Buescher neck and bit set to sell... Hint hint lol
Thanks Lee for your insight!


Talk with any good repair technician or instrument builder, either should be able to make a replica.
User avatar
KiltieTuba
6 valves
6 valves
 
Posts: 4489
Joined: Fri Feb 29, 2008 1:31 am
Location: Michigan


Return to TubeNet

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Bing [Bot], DouglasJB, Google Adsense [Bot], michael_glenn, OldsRecording, PaulTkachenko, TubaBob, ursatz, Westconsin and 18 guests