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WTB: Martin Recording bell - Found

Postby YORK-aholic » Sat Sep 02, 2017 11:22 am

I'm looking for a recording bell for a Martin Mammoth.

Condition isn't super important (within playable limits).

If someone has a tenon for the same bell, I'd be interested in one of those as well.

Thank you.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby tylerferris1213 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:01 pm

I have a Martin Mammoth with a recording bell, and I've been wanting to get an upright bell for it. Would you be interested in a trade? I assume you have an upright bell?

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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Thu Sep 07, 2017 5:26 pm

Well, that won't work, as I have a Martin carcass without a bell at all!

Thanks anyway...
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby Gus_Pratt » Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:15 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:Well, that won't work, as I have a Martin carcass without a bell at all!

Thanks anyway...



I assume you bought one of the two Marin bodies that were on eBay recently?
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Fri Sep 08, 2017 12:26 am

Guilty...
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby tylerferris1213 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:34 pm

Sorry to hear that! I was thinking it was a perfect trade for a second.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:44 pm

I'll take your recording bell off you anyway. :mrgreen:
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby tylerferris1213 » Fri Sep 08, 2017 6:43 pm

Only if you buy the rest of the horn with it ;) I'll be posting it in the "for sale" section within the next week or two after I've cleaned it and re-aligned the valves!
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby The Big Ben » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:31 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:I'll take your recording bell off you anyway. :mrgreen:


I thought hard on those two, also. Did you get the straight one or the one with a slightly squished stack? If/when you get a bell, either one should be a player.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Fri Sep 08, 2017 9:57 pm

I took the first one (slightly squished stack). Not a big issue, the rest of the body is in very good shape and it has the original receiver.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby bigtubby » Fri Dec 01, 2017 9:15 pm

FWIW I have a silver plated "Martin Handcraft" recording bell (pretty sure not Mammoth) that I have no use for unless someone has a body that it fits.

Some dents, tenon is bent a bit (I can fix), most of the plating is there. No photos ATM but if someone can use It I'll be happy to make some.

Tenon: ~20 5/8" circumference (6.565" dia)
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Fri Dec 01, 2017 10:42 pm

Thank you for the offer, but I believe you are right that it isn't a mammoth bell as the tenon is a bit small.

I got a hold of a Holton 340/345 upright bell. It matches the taper/profile of the one piece upright bell on my 1958 USN Martin Mammoth pretty closely.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby Gus_Pratt » Tue May 01, 2018 11:42 pm

If you still need a bell your Martin, this here has shown up on eBay. It would also give you extra parts for your tuba.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Martin-tuba/36 ... Sw-sZa6SPB
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby lost » Wed May 02, 2018 6:28 am

I have 3 spare martin mammoth upright valves that might or might not fit this...fyi
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Wed May 02, 2018 10:05 pm

Gus_Pratt wrote:If you still need a bell your Martin, this here has shown up on eBay. It would also give you extra parts for your tuba.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Martin-tuba/36 ... Sw-sZa6SPB" target="_blank" target="_blank


Yeah, I may have accidentally bought that one. I have a complete Mammoth valve section sitting here. If the pistons fit, I'm in business, if they don't, a little bit of soldering and I'm in business...

I have got to stop buying these things, or else start selling some of them. Otherwise, my place is going to look like Lost's must: tuba store room with a bit of living space squeezed in among them!
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby lost » Fri May 04, 2018 4:02 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:I have got to stop buying these things, or else start selling some of them. Otherwise, my place is going to look like Lost's must: tuba store room with a bit of living space squeezed in among them!


Booo Hiss......

I'm lucky to have a storage space in my dwelling. 8)
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby YORK-aholic » Sat May 05, 2018 9:27 am

lost wrote:Booo Hiss......

I'm lucky to have a storage space in my dwelling. 8)


You're in better shape than me then. Mine are spread around a couple of bedrooms...

Must control purchasing impulse and encourage selling impulse.
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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby Tundratubast » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:07 am

York-aholic,

I have both the bell and stack available from the same horn. I have no idea what they are worth.
I do know what I paid for the upright to replace them and I surely would not ask for the $800 I paid
for that bell. I am located in Fargo, ND. I will do a little market research on the bell system. If you
are interested let me know. They are both in good condition. I'll be back with a price shortly.

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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby Tundratubast » Thu Jun 28, 2018 6:26 am

YORK-aholic,

A quick look revealed a much older sousaphone bell priced at $250. I'll offer the Martin Mammoth
bell and stack for $300 to you and you paying the shipping and packaging costs to your site. If interested
I can take some pics today.

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Re: WTB: Martin Recording bell

Postby edsel585960 » Thu Jun 28, 2018 12:41 pm

YORK-aholic wrote:
Gus_Pratt wrote:If you still need a bell your Martin, this here has shown up on eBay. It would also give you extra parts for your tuba.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Martin-tuba/36 ... Sw-sZa6SPB" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank


Yeah, I may have accidentally bought that one. I have a complete Mammoth valve section sitting here. If the pistons fit, I'm in business, if they don't, a little bit of soldering and I'm in business...

I have got to stop buying these things, or else start selling some of them. Otherwise, my place is going to look like Lost's must: tuba store room with a bit of living space squeezed in among them!

I have the same problem. Need to sell some of this heavy metal. :)
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