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New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:20 pm

Well... New to me

After seeing the thread about the Bach tuba and seeing everyone saying they would jump on it, I contacted the seller (he's a friend and a fellow
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He said the one he listed on Craigslist had been spoken for, but he had another one in even nicer condition at a repair shop 10 minutes from my house. It was having the leadpipe put back on.

The horn was ready today, so I went to go play it. It played really nice, plenty of compression on the valves, and all the slides moved like butter. Hard to believe this was a school horn for years. (he bought 3 of these at an auction)

So I paid his $25 repair bill and am sending him a $600 for the horn, and we'll get together later so I can get the case and play the 3rd horn, which is supposed to be the nicest of the three.


Larry is a good guy, he's listed a few horns here on tubenet and always asks fair prices.
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby MikeMason » Fri Dec 28, 2018 7:58 pm

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Re: New tuba day!

Postby The Big Ben » Fri Dec 28, 2018 11:46 pm

A good buy! Sometimes we get lucky!
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:48 am

Just aligned the valves and it went from good to great!
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bearphonium » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:11 am

Nice!
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sat Dec 29, 2018 1:32 pm

I always purchase black sneakers, but that's just me.
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby roweenie » Sat Dec 29, 2018 2:28 pm

bloke wrote:I always purchase black sneakers, but that's just me.


Me too, they go better with my tuxedo :oops: :wink:
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:09 pm

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roweenie wrote:
bloke wrote:I always purchase black sneakers, but that's just me.


Me too, they go better with my tuxedo :oops: :wink:


:arrow: Over the last few years, I've made the decision - on rainy/icy days to wear all-black (no white line around the sole) sneakers with the black suit or tails. The damage-free condition of the $XX,XXX tuba(s) is more important to me (avoiding a slip-and-fall situation) than "correct shoes". IF I'm on the front-edge of the stage/platform (as with a church where I play in early Dec. and Palm Sunday each year), I might - in such an instance - stick the dress shoes in the aux. sheet music bag on the side of the Cronkhite bag.

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Re: New tuba day!

Postby roweenie » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:22 pm

bloke wrote:<OffTopic>

roweenie wrote:
bloke wrote:I always purchase black sneakers, but that's just me.


Me too, they go better with my tuxedo :oops: :wink:


:arrow: Over the last few years, I've made the decision - on rainy/icy days to wear all-black (no white line around the sole) sneakers with the black suit or tails. The damage-free condition of the $XX,XXX tuba(s) is more important to me (avoiding a slip-and-fall situation) than "correct shoes". IF I'm on the front-edge of the stage/platform (as with a church where I play in early Dec. and Palm Sunday each year), I might - in such an instance - stick the dress shoes in the aux. sheet music bag on the side of the Cronkhite bag.

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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Dec 29, 2018 3:24 pm

Funny story. I've been wearing my black sneakers to work on my painting project for my car. Black primer, black paint. One day I was spraying a white guide coat and forgot to put on my white sneakers. Yep, got white over spray on my black shoes, until yesterday, when I sprayed more black primer, and intentionally gave my shoes a fresh coat of black. I think they look pretty damn good now. They were drying and gassing out yesterday when I took the pic of the tuba
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:46 pm

If you get good at spraying horns...and get some two-part epoxy lacquer (which requires baking), I'd like to strip and buff out my tenor tuba and take it down there ready-to-spray. I would be willing to do the spraying, it you got the epoxy lacquer. I just don't want to buy a supply of two-part epoxy lacquer. 1/ It degrades after a while. 2/ I've not set up any way here to bake it.

In the past, Maas & Waldstein (New Jersey) made a really good two-part epoxy lacquer...but I believe they shuttered around 1990. Throughout their (long) history, they were plagued with explosions and fires. I've heard that Seagraves (also New Jersey) now makes the same formulation. Again, I don't buy any epoxy lacquer.
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Dec 29, 2018 5:52 pm

The problem is the baking. Not sure how to make that happen in a garage type setting. Even in Texas, it doesn't get THAT hot in here
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:19 pm

Mark Finley wrote:The problem is the baking. Not sure how to make that happen in a garage type setting. Even in Texas, it doesn't get THAT hot in here


I don't think it needs to be extraordinarily hot...
I don't know about Seagraves clear epoxy, but most baked-on finishes call for something only between 150 - 250 degrees F. (depending on brand/formula).

i.e. somewhere between "too damn hot" and "not much over boiling temp".
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:36 pm

I wonder if 4 strategically placed space heaters (radient, not fan driven) would do the job?
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:14 pm

Part of the strategy is to not overheat the heaters via the heat of the other heaters.
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:32 pm

And not blowing breakers having 4 electric heaters all going at once.
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:53 pm

Mark Finley wrote:And not blowing breakers having 4 electric heaters all going at once.


There's that. Consider switching to LED heaters. :wink: :P :lol:

' got any flex gas line?

How about rigging up some sort of array of brick wall heaters mounted on some sort of portable (angle iron frame...??) carriage/mounting system...??

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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:58 pm

That looks a heck of a lot like the hose I use for my fresh air breathing hood
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby bloke » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:01 pm

Mark Finley wrote:That looks a heck of a lot like the hose I use for my fresh air breathing hood


' probably better stick with the stuff made to code for the application, to avoid making the national news. :|
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Re: New tuba day!

Postby Mark Finley » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:49 pm

Not bad for a home hack with nothing but an Amazon dent ball set. Not professional level, but I had quotes of $250 to $400 to get this dent out. I think I'll anneal the brass and try to get it even better
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