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Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Mike Lopp » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:38 am

Something is not quite right but I cannot put my finger on it.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/GEBR-ALEXANDER ... 2553919455?

(This may not get you there but you can find it with this address)
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bigboymusic » Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:33 pm

I owned an Alex about twenty years ago (BB) that looked identical to this. I also had a teacher that owned an Alex BB from the 60's that looked nothing at all like this. That all said, the bracing and a lot of the rotor work looks just like some Alex's I have seen. Also the slide tube paths are pretty close. I would call it an Alex..... If the price stays good, it will be a steal... If it plays well of course..
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Heavy_Metal » Mon Sep 03, 2018 6:15 pm

There was an Alex for sale a couple years ago in this town, which BTW is about halfway between York and Lancaster. Not sure if this is the same one or not. And yes, I'm sure it's an Alex.

If this auction ends the way the last one did, someone is going to get a heck of a deal.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby TheBerlinerTuba » Tue Sep 04, 2018 12:31 pm

Gentlemen, this is a B&S 101 tuba. An excellent horn, but not an Alexander 163
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bigboymusic » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:22 pm

So, do you think this is a B&S with an Alexander Kranz? We knew it wasn't a 163, but maybe an earlier model?
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Stryk » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:45 pm

bigboymusic wrote:So, do you think this is a B&S with an Alexander Kranz? We knew it wasn't a 163, but maybe an earlier model?

What makes you think it is not a 163?
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Stryk » Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:49 pm

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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bigboymusic » Tue Sep 04, 2018 4:04 pm

Sorry, didn’t type everything I meant to. I meant to say a newer 163 but that maybe it was an older one.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Dan Schultz » Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:55 pm

This horn could have an Alex bell or maybe just the kranz. Everything else about it looks like a B & S/VMI 101. Even the harness loop on the bottom bow looks B & S. The seller notes that the receiver is a regular tuba shank.... something else that is a bit unusual for a true Alex.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bort » Tue Sep 04, 2018 6:02 pm

Whatever it is, that bell has been on the tuba all along.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby toobagrowl » Tue Sep 04, 2018 11:42 pm

Yeah, it does look like a B&S 101/'Sonora' tuba with an Alex kranz or bell. Kinda strange.
Keep in mind the B&S 101/'Sonora' is a loose "copy" of the Alex 163 BBb. But the Alex 163 is (from what I remember) slightly larger overall than the B&S copy. Besides the minor cosmetic/physical differences between the two, the Alex has a .807" ish valve bore; while the B&S has a .750" ish valve bore.

This tuba reminds me of that odd piston Alex BBb that floated around a few years ago. Does anyone remember it? It was an Alex 163 BBb body with a 3-piston top-action B&M valveset. Really odd, but cool :tuba:
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby TheBerlinerTuba » Wed Sep 05, 2018 4:26 am

The valve block is 100% B&S as are the paddles and bell shape.
To fit a 163 Alexander bell or kranz to a B&S 101 is not so easily done.
Perhaps Alexander contracted out with B&S in the 1960s and engraved their logo?
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Levaix » Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:26 pm

Wasn't there a similar tuba that showed up here in the last couple years? No one really had a good answer for that one either. Even if this is the regular B&S stencil, anything under $2000 is still reasonable.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby Heavy_Metal » Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:47 am

Sold for $2,100.00.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby groth » Sat Sep 08, 2018 9:22 am

Shows people still want to buy older European horns which is good. The pricier the Chinese horns get these older ones in decent shape will probably start to pop up again and be more desirable.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bloke » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:40 pm

bort wrote:Whatever it is, that bell has been on the tuba all along.


Remind me to not ask you to go check out tubas for me.

Other than the 101 body, bracing, and paddles...

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I took a 10-second peek, clicked away, and never looked again.

Were I in the market for one of these, I'd pick Dan's shiny one (with the correct bell)...even though shiny lacquer is judged as gauche by some professionals.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bort » Sun Sep 09, 2018 10:44 pm

Well, fine. You got what you paid for. :)
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby groth » Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:27 am

Perhaps it's still an Alex that had some dent work and the horn had to be opened up. Lacquer fading marks could mean anything over a period of 40-50 years especially being in the hands of many different repairmen over the years.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby bloke » Mon Sep 17, 2018 2:17 pm

though, no.
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Re: Ebay: Is this really an Alexander?

Postby groth » Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:08 pm

Nothing that really screams it isn't. There was another one of these "swapped" bell horns that appeared last year online, doubt it happens twice.
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