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Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby Gummyratz » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:54 pm

I recently picked up a sousaphone from a local high school and found an instrument in good overall condition, but I was confused as to its pedigree. I don’t know if the bell and body are from the same instrument. The bell is 24” and says Elkhart Band Inst. Co in a heart ingraving. The body has a serial number of F60294 on valve stem which seems to indicate possibly Conn from the research I’ve done... I can’t find any serial number database for Elkhart. I’ve read a bit about the company from the 20s. I want to Know exactly what I ended up with. Any help would be appreciated.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby lost » Thu Feb 28, 2019 12:57 pm

You ended up with a good vintage sousaphone from the early to mid 20th century that is not mismatched unless you tell me why you think it might be. Conn Buescher and Elkhart were all kind of sharing, or in business together. Your sousa has rings that look like more buescher.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby Gummyratz » Thu Feb 28, 2019 1:50 pm

The biggest reason I thought it might be mismatched was the serial numbering scheme. The letter followed by 5 numbers is consistent with Conn at one point, so I wondered if the body could be from that time. Also, the wrap of the valve tubing looked different than the Buescher instruments from that time period that I could find.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby lost » Thu Feb 28, 2019 2:09 pm

The body looks conn and so do the valves. The rings look buescher though. Again...buescher Conn and Elkhart were all sharing. I have a recording tuba that is clearly a conn design but marked buescher.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby KiltieTuba » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:25 pm

Buescher stencil.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby Three Valves » Thu Feb 28, 2019 8:29 pm

I do not need a sousaphone, I do not need a sousaphone, I do not need...
Who needs four valves??

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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby scottw » Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:49 pm

Does it have a neck and bits?
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby lost » Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:32 pm

It was already sold on ebay.
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Re: Elkhart Sousaphone-help identify and date

Postby Uncle Markie » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:51 am

I borrowed one of these from Dutch Eithoven while my King was being overhauled when I worked for Disney World. It's a 14K Conn stenciled as an Elkhart Band Instrument Company horn. Those old Elkhart-based manufacturers were literally across the street from one another; Conn (probably during the Greeleaf era) sold these out the back door. I remember it to be easy to play, although rather "barky" - a lightweight sousaphone with those jagged Conn bits (that's where the bark comes from).
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