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F.A. Reynolds Sousaphone

Postby Austincomerf95 » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:06 am

Hi All,

A friend is currently in possession of an F.A. Reynolds sousaphone and they are curious to know a bit more about it and what it might be worth. I know very little about sousaphones, but thought you folks might know a thing or two about them.

Looks like work was done on it a while back, but there are barely any dents on it right now. Surprisingly, all of the slides move and the valves work pretty well too.

Below is a link to a folder with some images.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Q6E23 ... zABsRiOVpi" target="_blank

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Re: F.A. Reynolds Sousaphone

Postby bloke » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:58 am

Those are nice instruments, particularly if they have ~not~ been thrown around, mechanically worn out, allowed to rot (body cracks, etc.), or buffed down by some "overhaul" shop.

Due to the moderate bore size, they offer the ease of play of King sousaphones, but with a rounder sound.

To avoid needless damage, your friend should have that missing upper-#1-slide-to-body brace replaced.
Newly-bought King sousaphone socket brace flanges are a decent match (in gauge) for Reynolds and Olds sousaphone brace socket flanges.
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Re: F.A. Reynolds Sousaphone

Postby iiipopes » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:05 pm

I agree with the rounder sound. I had a fiberglass one for awhile, and the throat and tenon is just a tad wider than a King, which I think is why. Unfortunately, this was a few years ago, and I don't remember what I got for it, I remember getting a good deal purchasing it and a good offer to sell it.
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Re: F.A. Reynolds Sousaphone

Postby TubaTrueNorth » Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:00 am

I have the same horn. You can search the serial number online. Mine is a early 1950's horn. Great sound! They play in tune. Valves are very well made what their worth?? minimum $1000 Max maybe $2500 tops. Not too sure what the demand is, but they are fine horns.
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