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Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby sousaphonestephanie » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:34 pm

I found a moldy pizza crust in mine tonight.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby the elephant » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:39 pm

Dead rat. Okay, I was a repair tech at a music store and I was doing a chem clean. It was just as gross you you might imagine.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby sousaphonestephanie » Thu Mar 08, 2018 11:53 pm

the elephant wrote:Dead rat. Okay, I was a repair tech at a music store and I was doing a chem clean. It was just as gross you you might imagine.


I hope nobody had played that horn recently. I’d imagine inhaling dead rat fumes would not be healthy.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby the elephant » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:13 am

I think it had been in the horn for about a decade. They had it in storage with some other horns. I also found a dead bird in a sousaphone. Nothing in tubas, just sousaphones. Hmm, something to ponder late tonight...
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby roweenie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:16 am

Cigar-shaped desiccated mouse/rat in the MTS of a Buescher E flat helicon.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby tubapix » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:31 am

2-$1 bills :)
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Three Valves » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:46 am

tubapix wrote:2-$1 bills :)


What a night THAT must have been!! :tuba:
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby sousaphonestephanie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 8:52 am

tubapix wrote:2-$1 bills :)


Well, that sounds like a successful night!

I once went out busking, made a sign that said TIPS with arrows pointing down for my bell, and created a net between the body and bell with the foot of a nylon stocking.

I thought that people would LOVE to throw stuff in my horn; I was wrong. They mostly seemed very confused.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Mark Moore » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:38 am

40 years ago, visiting high schools, one sousaphone, a whole marching band flip folder and a tennis shoe, in another sousaphone, one complete method book, the band director had taken it to a repair shop, they ran water through it but couldn't find anything, so he called me and I bounced the bottom bow loose on the carpeting in the band room and got the book out, horn played much more open after that
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Postby Stryk » Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:51 am

In mine? A moldy bologna sandwich. In school horns? Condoms, tampons, anything you would find in a garbage can, a miniature football thrown out by cheerleaders.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby adsteve » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:22 am

My cat.....oddly enough if I am holding the tuba she is terrified of it. But I had left the case open and she hopped in the bell. When I closed the bell case I heard a faint meow coming from within. Oddly enough, the cat was named Belle.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Steve Marcus » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:57 am

:( When Lee Stofer was expertly restoring my 1930 Conn 48K Jumbo sousaphone a day after I purchased it in 2010, he pulled from it a newsletter from a Chicago high school dated April 1, 1951 along with some Wrigley’s gum wrappers from that period. What an April Fool’s presentation—- nearly 60 years after its publication!

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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Sousaswag » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:20 pm

A couple water bottles, some full some empty, a roll of caution tape, and a bow from a Christmas present! (Inside multiple Conn 36k's)
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Worth » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:38 pm

Styrofoam peanuts from when it was shipped to me :(
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Three Valves » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:45 pm

This one time, back in band camp, in the 70s, I found notes that were in tune with the rest of the ensemble!!

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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby M.Medlock » Fri Mar 09, 2018 12:50 pm

Moldy foam nerf football. Maybe it was orange once?
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby sousaphonestephanie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:59 pm

Three Valves wrote:This one time, back in band camp, in the 70s, I found notes that were in tune with the rest of the ensemble!!

:tuba:


:shock: :shock: :shock:

Steve Marcus wrote:When Lee Stofer was expertly restoring my 1930 Conn 48K Jumbo sousaphone a day after I purchased it in 2010, he pulled from it a newsletter from a Chicago high school dated April 1, 1951 along with some Wrigley’s gum wrappers from that period. What an April Fool’s presentation—- nearly 60 years after its publication!

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Steve, that's really cool! I bet the newsletter was fun to read.

adsteve wrote:My cat.....oddly enough if I am holding the tuba she is terrified of it. But I had left the case open and she hopped in the bell. When I closed the bell case I heard a faint meow coming from within. Oddly enough, the cat was named Belle.


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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby Bill Troiano » Fri Mar 09, 2018 2:24 pm

One day in 1968, as we entered the HS band room for practice, it smelled like crap (literally) in the room. The band director was looking around for the source. However, in the instrument storage room, when my sousaphone buddy started to lift up his fiberglass sousaphone (36K, I think), urine dripped out of the lead pipe and it smelled really bad in the storage room. Then, he picked up the horn and there it was - a load of crap in the bell. We never found out who did it and I don't know if the crapper intended it for my sousaphone, my buddy's or if it was just random. Band was cancelled for 2-3 days and both sousaphones were sent out for service. That's when, because we were forced to, we had to play the brass sousaphones and I discovered that they sounded so much better. I don't recall what kind they were, possibly Kings. I never went back to the fiberglass sousaphone again after they came back from service. My buddy refused to play the fiberglass ones too because we didn't know which one was his and so we didn't know which one got crapped into. So, he played the brass sousy too. The following year we were both seniors and we graciously let the 2 freshmen play the fiberglass sousaphones.
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Re: Strangest thing you’ve ever found in your sousaphone?

Postby sousaphonestephanie » Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:12 pm

Bill Troiano wrote:One day in 1968, as we entered the HS band room for practice, it smelled like crap (literally) in the room. The band director was looking around for the source. However, in the instrument storage room, when my sousaphone buddy started to lift up his fiberglass sousaphone (36K, I think), urine dripped out of the lead pipe and it smelled really bad in the storage room. Then, he picked up the horn and there it was - a load of crap in the bell. We never found out who did it and I don't know if the crapper intended it for my sousaphone, my buddy's or if it was just random. Band was cancelled for 2-3 days and both sousaphones were sent out for service. That's when, because we were forced to, we had to play the brass sousaphones and I discovered that they sounded so much better. I don't recall what kind they were, possibly Kings. I never went back to the fiberglass sousaphone again after they came back from service. My buddy refused to play the fiberglass ones too because we didn't know which one was his and so we didn't know which one got crapped into. So, he played the brass sousy too. The following year we were both seniors and we graciously let the 2 freshmen play the fiberglass sousaphones.



Welp. That sure takes the (****)cake.
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