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Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:19 pm
by bwild22
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!

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 8:45 pm
by roweenie
Pictures would help.

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:00 pm
by bwild22
Trying to add a 2nd photo of the marking but struggling to get it to go through.

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:01 pm
by bloke
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.

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:27 am
by humBell
My vote is for a Chech import, and is beyond my expertise to sort out who might have originally made it.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...

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Wed Nov 01, 2017 9:09 pm
by bwild22
Thank you guys very much for the help!

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 12:01 pm
by bloke
If those LINKED pictures are the SAME instrument...yeah...It's in import...NOT a Buescher-made instrument...(imo).

Re: Washington Sousaphone? Can anyone help me identify it

PostPosted: Thu Nov 02, 2017 2:15 pm
by humBell
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...