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Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:25 pm

I'm parting out my collection of vintage Conn tuba mouthpieces.

What we've got here are my 1930's vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, and Conn Geib tuba mouthpieces.

The Conn Helleberg has been replated. It's in overall very good condition. It has some small flaws here and there, but it's in fine shape. This is the Conn Helleberg which Lee Stofer borrowed to copy for his Stofer Helleberg. $450

The Conn Chief is in beautiful condition. I've never seen a nicer one which hasn't undergone a full restoration. I had it replated only. $475

The Conn Geib was borrowed by Lee Stofer to have copied for his Stofer Geib. It's in very fine playable condition. I actually played this mouthpiece for several years. $600

Shipping for all of these will be done via FedEx ground which I trust a little more than the USPS.

My phone number is 404- five eight five- TUBA.
email is christian_j_klein at yahoo dot com.
PMs are ok also.

I accept paypal, personal checks, or cash.

Pictures are below. More can be taken as desired.

All the best,
Christian Klein

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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby bort » Mon Apr 06, 2015 3:51 pm

DAMN! :tuba:
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Wed Apr 08, 2015 12:33 pm

Geib is sold.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:31 am

back on the first page
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby iiipopes » Tue Apr 21, 2015 5:24 pm

What is the cup i.d. of the Chief?
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Tue May 19, 2015 8:30 am

iiipopes wrote:What is the cup i.d. of the Chief?


about 32.6 mm
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Tue May 19, 2015 10:59 am

reasonable offers will be considered.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cktuba » Tue May 19, 2015 11:13 am

Christian is a great guy to do business with. He takes extremely good care of his equipment and the mouthpieces we have traded or that I bought from him have always arrived as described or in even better condition than described. If you are at all interested in any of these mouthpieces, you should contact him with a reasonable offer.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Wed Apr 13, 2016 3:15 pm

The Helleberg is sold.

Buy my Chief!!!
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby iiipopes » Wed Apr 13, 2016 4:13 pm

Any way to figure out the throat diameter on the Chief? Thanks.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:18 am

iiipopes wrote:Any way to figure out the throat diameter on the Chief? Thanks.


I can measure it. IIRC, it's largeish. I'll measure it and post the results.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby bort » Thu Apr 14, 2016 8:28 am

Is there a modern mouthpiece that is either similar to or modeled after the Chief? Besides the Wessex, that is. Just curious why Hellebergs and (to a lesser extent) Geib's are popular, but Chiefs just aren't out there.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby iiipopes » Thu Apr 14, 2016 9:57 am

cjk wrote:
iiipopes wrote:Any way to figure out the throat diameter on the Chief? Thanks.


I can measure it. IIRC, it's largeish. I'll measure it and post the results.

If it is larger than @ a "P" drill bit size (@ .323 inches, or 8.2 mm), then that takes more air than these lungs can push anymore. I sold my favorite mouthpiece, a Wick 1, some time ago for this very reason.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby bloke » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:35 am

Are y'all talkin' about those fake pre-war Chief mouthpieces, or those genuine Chinese ones?
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:54 am

bort wrote:Is there a modern mouthpiece that is either similar to or modeled after the Chief? Besides the Wessex, that is. Just curious why Hellebergs and (to a lesser extent) Geib's are popular, but Chiefs just aren't out there.


Dillon music made some Chief models around the same time they had hellebergs and the G-series.
There were also a few Stofer Chief mouthpieces.

The Wessex site actually has pictures of all of these:

http://www.wessex-tubas.com/product/chi ... outhpiece/
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:56 am

iiipopes wrote:
cjk wrote:
iiipopes wrote:Any way to figure out the throat diameter on the Chief? Thanks.


I can measure it. IIRC, it's largeish. I'll measure it and post the results.

If it is larger than @ a "P" drill bit size (@ .323 inches, or 8.2 mm), then that takes more air than these lungs can push anymore. I sold my favorite mouthpiece, a Wick 1, some time ago for this very reason.


It's actually "T" drill bit sized. Both 23/64" and "T" drill bits fit in the throat. That makes it around .359" / 9mm. Mighty big.
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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby cjk » Thu Apr 14, 2016 11:04 am

bloke wrote:Are y'all talkin' about those fake pre-war Chief mouthpieces, or those genuine Chinese ones?



We're talking about a vintage, Made in America, holy cow that's pretty, dang I gotta get me one of those, Conn Chief tuba mouthpiece. The signature mouthpiece for John Kuhn.

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Re: Vintage Conn Helleberg, Conn Chief, Conn Geib for sale

Postby iiipopes » Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:15 am

cjk wrote:It's actually "T" drill bit sized. Both 23/64" and "T" drill bits fit in the throat. That makes it around .359" / 9mm. Mighty big.

Yes, too large for me. Thanks anyway.
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