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Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby ren » Tue Jun 05, 2018 2:56 am

Richard brought this horn to a symphony rehearsal today and we both played it (he owns it). Great sounding free blowing instrument. Valves work great and the intonation seemed spot on.

He said this is the same model that Bill Bell, Abe Torchinsky and Joe Novotny would have played (perhaps with a straight up bell). (Im not a historian but Im sure its close)

Great when such an old tuba sings like the day it was borned. :tuba: :D
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby hrender » Tue Jun 05, 2018 9:01 am

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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby Mark » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:06 pm

I took lessons from Richard around 1970; so I know he's a few years older than me. I don't think he is old enough to have played the tuba in 1934.
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby bloke » Tue Jun 05, 2018 1:52 pm

Mark wrote:I took lessons from Richard around 1970; so I know he's a few years older than me. I don't think he is old enough to have played the tuba in 1934.


"circa 1934" (depending on what the meaning of "circa" is - having learned this particular form of logic from, perhaps, our greatest president ever) could mean just about any point in time, could it not? :mrgreen:
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby YORK-aholic » Tue Jun 05, 2018 4:51 pm

Maybe he meant that the horn was built circa. 1934 (which sounds correct) rather than he was playing it in 1934. :D

That one is (I believe) a BBb.

Two questions:

1) Does that recording bell point straight forward, like a sousaphone, or tilt up a bit, like most recording bell tubas?
The one on my CC goes straight forward like a sousaphone but has matching serial number to the body. I have a picture of a BBb with the sousaphone style bell.

2) What general geographic area (state perhaps) does this horn reside in, if you feel comfortable sharing? The above mentioned BBb was played by a player in the LA Phil long ago.
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby bloke » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:43 pm

...so who's going to make an offer on this?

http://forums.chisham.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=87592
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby ren » Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:43 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:Maybe he meant that the horn was built circa. 1934 (which sounds correct) rather than he was playing it in 1934. :D

1) Does that recording bell point straight forward, like a sousaphone, or tilt up a bit, like most recording bell tubas?
The one on my CC goes straight forward like a sousaphone but has matching serial number to the body. I have a picture of a BBb with the sousaphone style bell.

2) What general geographic area (state perhaps) does this horn reside in, if you feel comfortable sharing? The above mentioned BBb was played by a player in the LA Phil long ago.


From playing it and holding it it felt like the bell was directly straight forward not pitched up.

Its in california.
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby ren » Tue Jun 05, 2018 7:53 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:1) Does that recording bell point straight forward, like a sousaphone, or tilt up a bit, like most recording bell tubas?
The one on my CC goes straight forward like a sousaphone but has matching serial number to the body. I have a picture of a BBb with the sousaphone style bell.


Does this pic help?
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Re: Richard Frazier playing his King tuba circa 1934?

Postby ren » Wed Jun 06, 2018 3:03 am

Mark wrote:I took lessons from Richard around 1970; so I know he's a few years older than me. I don't think he is old enough to have played the tuba in 1934.


This was yesterday. No. Im not a looper.
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