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Kalashen CC tuba FS -Price drop

Postby Yorkie C » Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:53 pm

This CC 'opera' style tuba is a very special instrument. I have never seen another Kalashen of this size before. The opera style shape is one of a shorter bell height (in this instance: 37" from bell to big bow, a similar to the Cerveny 'Piggy") in order to accommodate low hanging eves of many an opera stage. This tuba has a lot of character. I had a fifth valve and a larger bore lead pipe added to the horn. The fifth valve can be a standard fifth valve (long 1st valve) or a 1/4 tone valve (so you can perform all those 21th century and beyond micro-tonal works with the least amount of effort) or the valve can be removed entirely and replaced with a straight pipe (SEE PICTURES), so you have three choices and all the hardware to make this happen.

All operations of the 5th valve are done by the left hand pedal adjacent to the first tuning slide, so you have access to the slide as well as the operation of the valve. It has a 20 inch bell and a fairly larger .835 size Kaiser bore. Serial # 100. Valves all have good compression. The late Walter Sear told me that it was made in the late 1920's by Cerveny and stamped KALASHEN, New York as an import. It is in perfect working and playing order. All alterations done by Matt @ Dillons and Chuck McAlexander @ Brass Lab.

Some examples of me playing this horn are available on the net. Some examples are: Edgard Varese's "Graphs and Time" video (all though difficult to find / was available on the net for some time), the first version of Charles Ives 'Universe Symphony' (with American Festival of Microtonal Music), all the "Blue's Clues" TV shows and CD's, my duet album "Communicating Vessels" and on the lighter side, videos posted on Utube with the "Eddy Davis-Tribute To Spike Jones" as listed below. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXnrtmc7544
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_cont ... 7ijasXgPDE

Mouthpiece-wise I used an older Mirafone C4 that Toby Hanks gifted me, a Warren Deck 3F and Monet 94 with excellent results. The tuba does not come with a mouthpiece. A brand new Altieri gig bag in included in the sale. You should try it. Contact me for any additional info. Don't miss out on an opportunity to impress (or scare) your friends with 24 note chromatic scale. This Tuba is located in Northern New Jersey. Price is $3300.
 
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby k001k47 » Sun Jan 26, 2014 2:21 am

Whoa. . . cool tuba!
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Bill Troiano » Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:06 pm

Wow! It looks very similar to one that I owned back in the 80's. I bought mine from a woman who's husband owned it and who was killed in a car accident. She had it sitting in her attic for years, and through word of mouth, I found out about it and that she was looking to sell it. Mine was a 4 valve instrument where the 4th valve was a 1+2 combination. I had Chuck McAlexander add tubing to make it a 1+3 combo. It played very well, but I eventually sold it to fund another tuba. It's on the Wall of Fame at Dillon's with the guy I sold it to.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Mark Finley » Sun Jan 26, 2014 1:19 pm

That horn is freaking cool. Much larger than a piggy, more like a 693 with a horizontal tuning slide. Good luck with the sale, somebody is going to get a cool horn
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby bort » Sun Jan 26, 2014 7:04 pm

That's one ugly-ass tuba. I love it. :)
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Yorkie C » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:08 am

Bill is right!! He sold me this horn.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Bill Troiano » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:07 am

Wow! That is my tuba? Dave?
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Mark Finley » Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:11 am

Bill Troiano wrote:Wow! It looks very similar to one that I owned back in the 80's. I bought mine from a woman who's husband owned it and who was killed in a car accident. She had it sitting in her attic for years, and through word of mouth, I found out about it and that she was looking to sell it. Mine was a 4 valve instrument where the 4th valve was a 1+2 combination. I had Chuck McAlexander add tubing to make it a 1+3 combo. It played very well, but I eventually sold it to fund another tuba. It's on the Wall of Fame at Dillon's with the guy I sold it to.


I'm confused. The 4th valve used to be 1+2? so it was the same as the 3rd valve?

How weird
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby KiltieTuba » Mon Jan 27, 2014 12:06 pm

58mark wrote:
Bill Troiano wrote:Wow! It looks very similar to one that I owned back in the 80's. I bought mine from a woman who's husband owned it and who was killed in a car accident. She had it sitting in her attic for years, and through word of mouth, I found out about it and that she was looking to sell it. Mine was a 4 valve instrument where the 4th valve was a 1+2 combination. I had Chuck McAlexander add tubing to make it a 1+3 combo. It played very well, but I eventually sold it to fund another tuba. It's on the Wall of Fame at Dillon's with the guy I sold it to.


I'm confused. The 4th valve used to be 1+2? so it was the same as the 3rd valve?

How weird


Not weird, just old.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Bill Troiano » Mon Jan 27, 2014 1:37 pm

Yes guys, that's the way it was, as I remember it. It didn't seem to phase me at the time that 1+2 was actually 3. It is possible that it was a 2+3 combo? Now, you have me thinking about this. I know it wasn't a traditional 1+3 set up. Or, perhaps it was a flat 1 combo, like some of the older Miraphone 5th valve set ups, and I took it to be a 1+2 combo? Something like that anyway, but I had it changed to a 1+3, traditional 4th valve set up.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Tom Coffey » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:15 pm

It turns out to be fairly easy to get accustomed to "odd" sytems on older tubas. I have one that has the fourth valve tuned as 2 + 3, while the fifth (operated, by the way, with the left hand little finger) is the 1 + 3 set up most of us now expect from the fourth valve. It works fine, and I do not have to concentrate on the difference too much when playing.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby hrender » Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:43 pm

Yorkie C wrote:Also see the Utube "Eddy Davis-Tribute To Spike Jones" to hear some of what I have done with this horn 


This one? If so, nice sound!
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Yorkie C » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:17 am

Yes, It is the same tuba on all the Utube listings.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Yorkie C » Tue Jan 28, 2014 12:22 am

Not to get confused here, but what ever the fourth valve did originally isn't the way it is now. It is set up like a regular fourth valve.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Tom Coffey » Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:51 pm

There is just something cool about this horn...
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby J.c. Sherman » Thu Jan 30, 2014 8:21 pm

Tom Coffey wrote:There is just something cool about this horn...


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Kalashen CC tuba FS // Price drop $3500

Postby Yorkie C » Thu Jul 17, 2014 11:24 pm

This tuba is still available. I am using it regularly. Also with a price drop..... Now $3500. Not many 5valve CC tubas this good at this price.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby tuben » Sat Jul 19, 2014 7:51 am

Curmudgeon wrote:The 2+3 4th valve was very common early in the 1900's.


Still the case in a Vienna tuba?
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Yorkie C » Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:45 pm

I personally don't know. Maybe someone with knowledge or experience on this could respond.
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Re: Kalashen CC tuba FS

Postby Yorkie C » Wed Sep 30, 2015 8:34 pm

Still have this tuba. Been playing it lots. Still for sale. See Price drop!!
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