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1918 Conn Eb helicon

Postby DLThomas » Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:32 pm

By chance, I am now the owner of a 1918 Conn Eb helicon. It has been "rode hard and put away wet" with dents on dents, slides with dents, major dent in bottom bow, and well, you get the picture. All valves work, slides are free-moving and there are no obvious holes in the metal. It does make sound like a tuba. My not-an-expert-tuba-repairman opinion is it would have to be taken apart for dent removal, etc.

Question for the TNFJ: is it a candidate for overhaul/restoration or just a wall hanger?

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Re: 1918 Conn Eb helicon

Postby bisontuba » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:06 pm

How are the Pistons as far as plating? If it is tight, get it restored and use it.

PS. Post some pics!!
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Re: 1918 Conn Eb helicon

Postby KiltieTuba » Sun Jan 27, 2019 2:23 pm

bisontuba wrote:How are the Pistons as far as plating? If it is tight, get it restored and use it.


Definitely depends on the plating of the pistons. You make due with some heavier valve oil. No need to completely restore it - unless it has some significant value attached to it - especially if you aren't going to be playing it all too often or have any thoughts of selling it.
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