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1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby Dave Detwiler » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:15 pm

Check out this photo and info from page 60 of the 1932 "King" instrument catalog, posted online here http://www.saxophone.org/museum/publications/id/80:

1932 King catalog - p. 59 - Copy (2).jpg


Has anyone actually seen this horn anywhere?
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby KiltieTuba » Tue Jan 01, 2013 1:49 pm

Yep...


"The infamous “Bellophone,” a double tuba-baritone now owned by former Bell student Eli Newberger was said by Bell not to be a “novelty,” but the instrument’s use and publicity photos suggest otherwise. The Bellophone is featured prominently in a photograph of the Bachman Band at Asbury Park in 1931. In a H.N. White catalog, Bell heartily endorses the instrument."

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http://www.iteaonline.org/members/histo ... ?page=bell" target="_blank
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby sousaphone68 » Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:10 pm

Ian any idea how many were made?
Any video or audio of one in action?

Edit
Just finished reading your link Ian very interesting looks like only one was made.
Anybody know of any video or audio showing it in action?
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby Paul Scott » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:52 pm

I believe that this was a "one-off" made for Mr. Bell. I've never played this instrument but supposedly Mr. Bell was less than thrilled with its' playing characteristics as a practical instrument. An interesting experiment, however!
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby KiltieTuba » Tue Jan 01, 2013 4:12 pm

Another picture of the Bellophone

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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby Jess Haney » Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:42 am

KiltieTuba wrote:Another picture of the Bellophone

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Looks like the band out of a Dr. Suess book :lol:
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby Uncle Markie » Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:49 am

That's Don Butterfield playing the "tuba" side of the Bellophone, Bell and standing next to them is Joe Tarto. The weird valve trombone in the back - I would like to know!
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby bloke » Wed May 09, 2018 11:01 pm

I may (??) have found the perfect mouthpiece for this tuba...

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Parduba-New-York-Double-Cup-Tuba-Mouthpiece/183212849181
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby sweaty » Wed May 09, 2018 11:34 pm

The Bellophone is on display at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. A couple months ago, I saw it in a brass instrument collection.
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Re: 1932 "King" double bell BBb Bass and Baritone

Postby Tom » Thu May 10, 2018 9:17 am

The Darling Of The Thirty-Cents-Sharp Low D♭'s.
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