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I have a friend who recently came into possession of one of these tubas, dated to 1913. The horn is in incredible condition for the age, and it is the finest 4/4 BBb piston tuba I've ever played. Prototypical "American" bass sound, with tons of color that is very malleable.
Jonathan (Wessex): In the realm of incredible tubas that no longer exist but really should, this is one to consider.
I recently bought a top-action Monster from Frank Ortega. It's currently at Aaron Beck's brass repair shop getting its valves replated, leadpipe rolled out, and bottom bow braces cleaned up. I'll report back with photos when it's ready! I'm hoping the work will be done in a couple more weeks. Here's a photo from when Frank owned it: http://i236.photobucket.com/albums/ff29 ... p5td8z.jpg I think it'll be a great compliment to my Conn 40k. If it's as good as I'm hoping it'll be, I'll probably sell my 5-valve Rudolf Meinl 3/4 CC.
I will keep a look out for one to borrow
Looks very much as if the BBb version of the so-called "Donatelli" CC tuba.
- parallel upper slide crooks
- various bell diameters offered
- BBb mouthpipe slide easily eliminated for closer-to-CC length
This is the only picture of a genuine one that I could easily find on the web...
' many pictures of misrepresented cut-downs found...
Got to love old Conn's. Those old designers and craftsmen really knew what they were doing. I've never seen this model in person but I've played various other ones and they never disappoint. I'll take one in "finish 1" with the triple silver plated sand blasted finish with 4 top action valves and a 21" bell for $157.50.
The top action "Monster" healthy-4/4 size BBb Conns with large bell flare has some serious style.
For a replica, just get the tuning slide out of the leadpipe and have a manipulative 1st valve slide much like 3rd on a King 2280. Set the leadpipe at a bit of an angle and don't put the valves too high, and top action is ergonomically fine.
Another cool-looking Conn model that could make a nice basis for replicas is the "Professional" medium Eb in front action. It's pretty similar to the 4J or 5J in outer body size and bell shape depending on year, but Eb guts. It would be sized under the typical compensator size in bore/early branch and bell throat, but just about like it in outer branch size.
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