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Valve Fabricators?

Postby Gongadin » Sun Jul 01, 2018 9:30 pm

I've read posts in the past that have mentioned people who fabricate valves from scratch, but I do not know who's currently active in this pursuit. I have a Jumbo sousaphone that needs a set of three valves made from scratch. The other option is to have a set copied from a set to which I have access.
I would appreciate any leads as to who still does this - if you need me to pm you for the info that's fine too.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby bloke » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:02 pm

Gongadin wrote:I've read posts in the past that have mentioned people who fabricate valves from scratch, but I do not know who's currently active in this pursuit. I have a Jumbo sousaphone that needs a set of three valves made from scratch. The other option is to have a set copied from a set to which I have access.
I would appreciate any leads as to who still does this - if you need me to pm you for the info that's fine too.


Honestly, it would probably be less expensive to buy a badly-distressed old .750" bore Bohm & Meinl 4-piston BBb front-action concert tuba, take its valveset, make needed alterations, and reBay what's left of the tuba. No...It wouldn't be "original", but neither would be your fabricated pistons.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Schlepporello » Sun Jul 01, 2018 10:04 pm

bloke wrote:
Gongadin wrote:I've read posts in the past that have mentioned people who fabricate valves from scratch, but I do not know who's currently active in this pursuit. I have a Jumbo sousaphone that needs a set of three valves made from scratch. The other option is to have a set copied from a set to which I have access.
I would appreciate any leads as to who still does this - if you need me to pm you for the info that's fine too.


Honestly, it would probably be less expensive to buy a badly-distressed old .750" bore Bohm & Meinl 4-piston BBb front-action concert tuba, take its valveset, make needed alterations, and reBay what's left of the tuba. No...It wouldn't be "original", but neither would be your fabricated pistons.

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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby windshieldbug » Sun Jul 01, 2018 11:01 pm

Schlepporello wrote:
bloke wrote:
Gongadin wrote:I've read posts in the past that have mentioned people who fabricate valves from scratch, but I do not know who's currently active in this pursuit. I have a Jumbo sousaphone that needs a set of three valves made from scratch. The other option is to have a set copied from a set to which I have access.
I would appreciate any leads as to who still does this - if you need me to pm you for the info that's fine too.


Honestly, it would probably be less expensive to buy a badly-distressed old .750" bore Bohm & Meinl 4-piston BBb front-action concert tuba, take its valveset, make needed alterations, and reBay what's left of the tuba. No...It wouldn't be "original", but neither would be your fabricated pistons.

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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Gongadin » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:04 am

Thanks, Bloke, but I'm trying to avoid replacing the valve section. If that becomes necessary, do you have the suggested B&M .750 section? :?
Okay, back to the original question. There's Martin Wilk, and...?
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby bort » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:50 am

Dan Oberloh might know something...?
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby PMeuph » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:37 am

There's a guy named Nate Griffith who reportedly makes valves.

I've never used him but remember his name coming up in several threads, including this one:

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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Gongadin » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:48 am

PMeuph wrote:There's a guy named Nate Griffith who reportedly makes valves.

I've never used him but remember his name coming up in several threads, including this one:

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=83319" target="_blank" target="_blank


Thanks - I've tried sending an email to him in the past, but the address bounces back. Am trying to track down current info now via Google.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby lost » Mon Jul 02, 2018 9:57 am

My jumbo raincatcher has a 20k valveset on it and plays way better than the original 46k. You'll be glad you did it!
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Gongadin » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:04 am

lost wrote:My jumbo raincatcher has a 20k valveset on it and plays way better than the original 46k. You'll be glad you did it!

Thanks, but for the time being we're trying to avoid replacing the valve section. Yours would have been a 42K, most likely, and not a 46K. :wink:
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby lost » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:10 am

I meant the 46k i have in addition to the raincatcher.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby lost » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:12 am

And as a collector who like to keep it original, i know you want those valves. Just sayin, the original is not always the best. Talk to Martin Wilk. He can help with the valves.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Daniel C. Oberloh » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:02 pm

I can and have made pistons.


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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby Dan Schultz » Tue Jul 03, 2018 12:28 am

Gongadin wrote:
PMeuph wrote:There's a guy named Nate Griffith who reportedly makes valves.

I've never used him but remember his name coming up in several threads, including this one:

viewtopic.php?f=25&t=83319" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank


Thanks - I've tried sending an email to him in the past, but the address bounces back. Am trying to track down current info now via Google.


I have his current contact information but I'd rather not post it publicly. Send me an email or private message and I'll share what I know.
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Re: Valve Fabricators?

Postby TheBerlinerTuba » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:12 am

I second Dan Oberloh.
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