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Postby bloke » Thu Aug 09, 2018 7:28 pm

This 6" collar (fits Conn) / 26" diameter never-refinished c. 1950's (??) Buescher sousaphone bell (with a few easy-to-remove soft creases) is amazing, and stupid-loud.

Thanks so much for selling it to me. :D 8)

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Re: Thanks TK !

Postby bloke » Fri Aug 10, 2018 1:01 pm

After all the school instruments (and stuff waiting after the school stuff is repaired), I'll straighten this out, polish/lacquer it, and post pictures (perhaps even a few S&SF strains...?? :shock: )
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Postby TUbajohn20J » Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:56 pm

Nice. Working on a 22K hybrid myself (brass bell/fiber body). I like the punch that the brass bell gives it. Sounds exactly like it's brass twin and even has the after ring like it's twin also. Except way lighter (although slightly more top heavy but it's ok), which is perfect for my often 4-5 hour gigs standing up.
I have the original fiber bell in case I ever feel like playing a stock, all fiber horn or in case I need to return it back to stock and sell to a school or something.

Cool horn! Maybe you could give the back of the bell the same custom paint job to match the horn and buff/clear lacquer the front. Might take away some of the after ring but still project just the same.
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Re: Thanks TK !

Postby bloke » Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:28 pm

This one just plays, and the sound stops when I do.
We each have different tastes.
If it did like some bells (typically, on some very audible pitch), I would probably not be keeping it.
If it vibrates after I straighten it out, I may re-fold it.
I understand what some people like about the vibration, but it's distracting to me.
Thanks for the nice words.
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Postby bloke » Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:43 pm

Just for S's & G's (and because the "big instrument" people can park next to the bandstand), I'm going to use it (that bizarre "Soybean" thing...see the "Upcoming Events" forum) on the SSB, S&SF, That old BHo/tR arr. that everyone knows, and (hey...maybe even...) :twisted: the Copland Fanfare.

bloke "I haven't yet used that sousaphone on a gig this year, and - per the bloke rule - if it collects a year's worth of dust - it goes on the auction block."
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Postby bloke » Wed Aug 15, 2018 3:20 pm

Again,
I just don't have time - this time of year - to work on my own stuff...but I can steal 30 or 45 minutes here-and-there.

Here's the engraving of this bell. I haven't absolutely-and-completely removed the dents (referring to the engraving area only), but they are about 98% out (perhaps 75% out, time-wise). I have to use a method that I've developed (probably very similar to "the old ways") to avoid scratching. I can't use floor machinery to do this and (for lack of a better term) have to do it "by hand".

Anyway, the main thing I wanted to show is was/is the beautiful Buescher engraving. Though this is the "stock" (minimal) engraving job found on these instruments, it's still gorgeous, in my opinion.

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