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Wow that guy really wants a King brass sousaphone; willing to give his truck for one
I agree that the King tubas and sousas - especially the old H.N.White ones - have a great sound with lots of color. Some of those old Kings have the sweetest sound of all American makes --- not necessarily the biggest sound, just the sweetest.
I really like the old medium-sized Conns too - very smoooooooth sound. The big Conns do tend to sound a bit tubby/woofy compared to others. But the old 10j tuba and 14k/36k/Continental Colonial sousas sound great. No other tuba/sousaphone gets that warm 'hummmmmm' to the sound that the old medium-sized Conns gets. Its that kind of sound that you feel more than you hear when played more softly - like a small section of string basses.
I have many memories playing on an old Conn 20k, Continental Colonial sousa (Conn 14k stencil) and King 1250, King Giant, and King 2350 sousas
If I currently NEEDED a truck (and that one is as roadworthy and nice in the cab as the pictures appear of the body) I'd be talking to this guy. I'd flat find him a nice King sousaphone.
bloke "who has a truck"
What's a great price for a 45 yr old truck? Unless you get lucky, King BBb sousaphones seem to retail for around $1000 on eBay. $1000 doesn't seem like a steal price for a truck of that vintage. Then again, neither 45 yr old trucks or sousaphones, are common around here...
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Depends a lot on condition - from the picture, premium - and on the right buyer. I wouldn't be surprised at all if you could buy a new King 2350 at ca. $5K, and sell the truck for a good profit. Assuming the truck is really as sweet as it looks, the owner will accept a new King, and you know where and how to sell a vintage pickup truck.
Getting away from "vintage" and migrating towards the "good, low mileage, late-model truck" concept, I've seen a LOT of GOOD deals on trucks...white GMC/Chevy "work" trucks (8 foot beds...often with two seats...often with 4WD) that are less than five years old (with no issues...ok...maybe a hood repaint, etc..., and good-looking) for cheap. These white trucks, typically, were bought for commercial ventures, and quite a few "commercial ventures" aren't doing so hot these days. I (just seeing it parked in front of a house about ten miles from me...NO "for sale" sign...no nuthin') bought a GOOD (older, but GOOD) bucket-truck a year-and-a-half ago for $2000, used it for two things I personally needed done (yes, way up in the air), put some tires, shocks, and an oil change on it, and flipped it for $3500 ($500 profit after tires and shocks).
summary: There seem to be LOTS of people who REALLY NEED TO sell their white commercial pick-up trucks...but (at the right price) there are LOTS of people who REALLY WOULD LIKE to buy them.
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