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F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby Tubagerbil » Wed Feb 03, 2010 4:12 am

:tuba: Hello everyone,

I Purchased a cir. 1960 F.E Olds sousaphone from a music shop in my area. The horn was a steal for $300. It had some minor dings, a small crease in the bell and the lacquer was crap. So I stripped it and took out the crease and dents. Now I'm trying to find a bell flange and screw and the correct valve buttons ( I have a king button, a conn button, and what I think is an olds button) its feels a bit weird with the different sizes, but i really want to restore this horn with its original look.I hope some one can help with my problem because my project is almost complete all accept for this :(

As of today I've spent around $500 including the horns price (Neck and Bits Protec gig bag,Hercules
stand,stripping chemicals) I don't think I'll ever find a deal like this again.

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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby TubaTinker » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:22 am

Assuming you are talking about one of the bell screws and the mating flange that is soldered to the bell collar.... send me a picture of one of the other two that are remaining and a picture of what you think is the Olds fingerbutton. I'll root through my 'hellboxes' and see what I can come up with. My email is in my signature.
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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby bloke » Wed Feb 03, 2010 11:22 am

Some of those Olds/Reynolds bell screws were "locked" into the bell screw flanges at the factory. The process of extracting the screw (typically with pliers on the screw head) also stripped the screw.

It may (??) be best to try to find a bell screw and flange that are still screwed together.

Again, some of them were "locked", and some weren't.
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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby Tubagerbil » Tue May 04, 2010 12:15 am

Here she is
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it need a little more dent work and a brass sealer then shes done
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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby Tubagerbil » Tue May 04, 2010 12:22 am

here is the parts i cant find :x .................

Its the flange and screw that holds the bell into the collar
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bell screw ( sry for the poor photo but my cam was acting up)
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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby TubaTinker » Tue May 04, 2010 5:43 pm

Tubagerbil wrote:here is the parts i cant find :x .................


What I can offer you is from a Conn (I think). The mounting flange is round but could be ground to look sort of like the original. The backside would also have to be ground flat unless your Olds has an opening about 7/16" diameter to locate the flange. The threads on the screw are 1/4'-20. If you think this will work... send me your address. My email is in my signature.
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Re: F.E. Olds Sousaphone parts

Postby bloke » Tue May 04, 2010 6:57 pm

Again,

Those Olds screws are usually "locked" into the bell screw flanges, and once they have been forcibly removed, they are ruined (stripped).

The Olds screws had a smaller thread diameter than Conn.

If you can re-tap the bell screw flange on the Olds with a 1/2-20 (Conn-size) thread tap, you can just buy Dan's Conn screw, and you'll be set.
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