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Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:27 pm
by hrender

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:37 pm
by lost
2xj upright bells will not easily fit these fyi. Not a low price thats for sure...

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:04 pm
by AaronC1901
It’s definitely more of a squeeze, but when I had a 36J, I was able to fit the 2xj bell I had on it with no gap around the tenon. People would always be surprised when I told them that the bell wasn’t the one it came with (ofc they weren’t old tuba fanatics like I am). This is a very high price, but if it’s in as good of condition as it appears.. I would certainly value it at ~$5,000, assuming the valves are in even decent shape.

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:45 pm
by lost
You can value something whatever you want.

It's how long you wanna wait to find someone who shares your opinion.

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2018 10:31 pm
by bort
AaronC1901 wrote:It’s definitely more of a squeeze, but when I had a 36J, I was able to fit the 2xj bell I had on it with no gap around the tenon. People would always be surprised when I told them that the bell wasn’t the one it came with (ofc they weren’t old tuba fanatics like I am). This is a very high price, but if it’s in as good of condition as it appears.. I would certainly value it at ~$5,000, assuming the valves are in even decent shape.


Post a picture of your 6/4 Martin CC!!

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:35 pm
by AaronC1901
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This is the only picture I have of it on my phone. It was formerly owned by Joseph Agnew. The horn on the left is a 4v King/HN White CC tuba built by Sam Gnagey

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 1:38 am
by bloke
What's wrong with the recording bell?

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:30 am
by tofu
Wonder who bought this new in 1932. That was the depths of the Depression - for instance Chevrolet sold almost 2 million cars in 1929 and by 1932 sales had plunge to 332,000 cars - that's a nosedive of almost 84%. And Chevy did better than everybody else. Unemployment was over 25% and if you were lucky to still have a job you had taken a massive cut in pay. Makes you wonder who had the scratch and need for an expensive tuba like this - especially when used tubas were probably super cheap and available from unemployed tuba players. Musicians were as under payed back then as they are now and I'd imagine the depression was even harder on them coming off the go go times of the Roaring 20's and all the jazz clubs of the pre-depression era of the 1920's.

Horn looks like it has been well taken care of over the years. The ad mentions the valves were hand lapped a couple years ago - wonder if that means it had a valve job.

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Mon Nov 19, 2018 2:09 pm
by bloke
I wouldn't be surprised to discover that a bandleader, speakeasy club owner, or radio station originally bought it.

Not detecting re-attached solder joints in the pictures, I might guess that any "valve rebuild" was "pistons only"...analogous to putting new rings on automobile engine pistons without honing the casings.

Re: Conn 36J

PostPosted: Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:08 am
by Paul Scott
Musicians did very well during the depression and the best ones made a great deal of money. The old -timers always told me that.