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Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby bwild22 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:19 pm

Hey guys, I have a Sousaphone and on the bell it just says WASHINGTON.... I am unsure of the maker or whatnot.. I was hoping someone could help me out on it. Thanks in advance!
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby roweenie » Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:45 pm

Pictures would help.
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby bwild22 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:00 pm

Trying to add a 2nd photo of the marking but struggling to get it to go through.
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby bloke » Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:01 pm

Based on the very low resolution and unfortunate camera angle, I'm guessing 1920's Buescher-made.

It lacks the titanic bracing seen on the sousaphones labeled "Buescher", but - perhaps - Buescher viewed those braces as a "trademark" feature.
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby humBell » Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:27 am

My vote is for a Chech import, and is beyond my expertise to sort out who might have originally made it.

My first and still default parade sousa is an A. K. Hüttl which to my eye resembles your Washington.

I put a few pictures up in forum here a while back: http://forums.chisham.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=31358&start=100
(please pardon the disproportionate scale of the pictures)

Sifting through horn-u-copia sousa pictures, if memory serves, there are a couple others there listed as Ditson and Jenkins that in particular have a similar valve section layout.

Hope that helps...
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby bwild22 » Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:09 pm

Thank you guys very much for the help!
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby bloke » Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:01 pm

If those LINKED pictures are the SAME instrument...yeah...It's in import...NOT a Buescher-made instrument...(imo).
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Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

Postby humBell » Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:15 pm

Gosh, i'm not used to being construed as knowing stuff...

In the words of a famous comedian, "Now I got it? I don't even know what I'm talking about!"

Thanks! And best of luck on the ebay auction. (You too can own one of these for your very own)

And for my own curiosity, i may play my Hüttl back to back with a Buescher with an impartial observer and see how they compare...
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