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Helicon Eb EBay Anyone brought one back to life?

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 12:31 pm
by BrassedOn
Not my horn.

Eb Champion Helicon. 3v. Interesting wrap.

Anyone brought one of these Champion (or similar Ditson, Lyon and Healy) back to life?
How’s the sound pitch and tuning?
I don’t have specs but recall fairly small bore, small tuba receiver.

Eb 3 valve could be workable as is. Looks like room for 4th.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Silver-Helicon-Tuba/323574886942?hash=item4b5690f21e:g:aToAAOSwi1lb~w90

Re: Helicon Eb EBay Anyone brought one back to life?

PostPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2018 10:41 am
by vespa50sp
I have one that I play at Tuba Christmas. Mine is a "Chicago Silver Piston." Lyon and Healy I believe, though I have seen other stencils that are identical looking.

Eb. It takes a euro sized (British) baritone shank mouthpiece. The mouthpiece from my Besson 2-20 baritone fit it. With all the slides pulled, it "pretty much" plays in tune, good enough for the first part in tuba Christmas. Small horn, but eye-catching. I paid about that price for it.