FRENCH HORNS, used and vintage
Good original double horn from King Musical Instrument Company, serial #498,58X (1974). Brass construction, good original condition with 90% original lacquer finish, no major dents ever, but some minor dings recently removed by our shop in Wichita. Original lacquer finish is 90% intact, with maybe 10% wear to the finish. Very good original clean example. $1545 with new SKB case.
Fine and original double horn from King Musical Instrument Company, serial #601,037 (1990's?). Brass construction, very good original condition with 95% original lacquer finish, no major dents ever, but some minor dings recently removed by our shop in Wichita. Original lacquer finish is 95% intact, with maybe 5% wear to the finish. Very good original clean example, with original KING wood case. $1795 or $1850 with new SKB case.
Good original double horn from King Musical Instrument Company, serial #901,345 (early 2000's?), model 2259. Brass construction, good original condition with 90% original lacquer finish, no major dents ever, but some minor dings recently removed by our shop in Wichita. Original lacquer finish is 90% intact, with maybe 10% wear to the finish. Very good original clean example, with good used wood case. $1545 or $1625 with new SKB case.
King 1160 Double French Horn,#661,46x made by King Musical Instruments in Eastlake, Ohio about 1977. Solid nickel silver construction for a big, focused sound. Original lacquer finish on this one is worn about 5%, dents and dings removed by our shop, but no major damage ever. The valves are tight with good compression and key lever action fast and quiet. Mouthpiece and good replacment case are included. Suggested retail price for a similar new Conn or Holton double horn is now well over $6000. This superb King 1160 double horn is a best buy at only $1795.
RARE LATE 1930'S KING DOUBLE HORN, CLOSE TO BEING PERFECT, COPY OF KRUSPE'S "HORNER MODEL". In the late thirties, French horns from all the German companies began to disappear for the American market. The Germans, of course, had other priorities than to manufacture musical instruments for we Americans. H.N.White's 1937 catalog lists two double horns, both made in their Cleveland workshop. Their model 1157 wore a piston change valve, was an obvious copy of a Schmidt. And their model 1159 (not pictured in the catalog in 1937) was an almost (not quite) dead copy of a Kruspe Horner model. Note the reversed change valve set-up, just like an early Kruspe Horner. The model 1159 Kruspe copies are more rare and some pro-players (especially in Japan) consider them to be among the finest double horns ever produced. The wrap is almost identical to an original Kruspe-Horner, save for the fact(s) that the main tuning slide has a more narrow radius and the exit tubing from the change-valve is more horizontal. Serial number on our horn is 197,56x, so it dates from 1937 or 1938 or 1939. All parts are totally original and there's no "red rot" dezincification anywhere. Lacquer is original, worn maybe 5 % and is VERY dark. Original case is nearly perfect and the horn comes with the original late thirties King mouthpiece. Never any major dents; a couple of small dings to the flare have been burnished out in our shop. NOT for everyone, for sure. The horn's in fine original condition, but the finish is dark and not all that beautiful. The horn would be a good choice for an adult amateur who might want a true German Kruspe but who doesn't want to pay a high price. Or who doesn't want to buy a Kruspe for a low price that's totally worn out. Our King Kruspe-copy is really in superb original condition! $1795.
Marching French horn, model 383 from Getzen Musical Instrument Company, in the key of F (with alternate E-flat tuning slide). Looks like an oversized trumpet but uses a French horn mouthpiece. Brass finish, good original case, dents and dings burnished out in our shop. We have two of these instruments, each selling at $495.
Vintage German double horn by Albert Kley, the
bell engraved “Albert Kley / Instrumentenmachesr / Berlin
C54 / D.R.G.M. 76891x”. Kley worked for C.F. Schmidt from
1895 to 1906, set up his own workshop in 1914, specializing in
double horns. The company stayed in business until about 1935. Our
horn is a compensating double, unlacquered brass and totally
original, except for a recent re-build to the rotors. Small patch
to the edge of the bell flare, another on the first slide, B-flat
side. The horn shows evidence of high-quality workmanship, plays
very well with the “old German sound”. Bore size
measures 11.86 mm at the second slide. Superb, rare, not for
EXAMPLES OF FRENCH HORNS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Holton H-379, a solid nickel double horn, #667,44x. 100% very good original lacquer finish, never any major dents, a couple of tiny dings hace been removed to the bell flare. Good original case. It's a recent horn from Holton that's come to us in fine original condition. New retail price is now $5003; MAP price is $3449. This one's very close to being perfect. Sold
Holton H-177,double horn, #542,75X, made in Holton's Elkhorn, Wisconsin factory. Specifications: "Farkas" - Key of F/Bb, .468" bore, 12.25" medium throat hand-hammered bell, nickel silver, tapered rotors and bearings, solid nickel silver inner and outer slides, waterkey on mouthpipe. Solid nickel silver construction for a big, focused sound. The horn is identical the the Farkas model H179, but with medium throat bell. It's ideal for a young player or for anyone looking for a top-of-the-line horn with easier response and a focused sound. Original lacquer finish is 99% no dents or damage ever. The horn is almost perfect! The valves are tight with good compression and key lever action is fast and quiet. Mouthpiece and very good case are included. 100% made in America. Suggested retail price for a new Holton Farkas H177 double horn is now $6453, with street price $4349. Sold.
Extra clean HOLTON H378 Double French Horn. It's a used instrument that came to us in fine condition, with no serious damage ever, 99% good original lacquer finish, and perfect original case. Gold plated Holton "MC" mouthpiece is included. This is a special version of Holton's popular student double horn with gold brass bell and nickel silver mouthpipe. It's very similar to Holton's more expensive professional "Farkas" model horns, but the auxiliary F tuning slide is fixed in place (duplicated on back of the horn) and there is no water key on the lead pipe. This one's a fine example with perfect valves that looks almost new. 100% MADE IN AMERICA. Suggested retail price for a new Holton H378 double horn (with yellow brass bell) is now over $4,600. This one's clean and ready to play. Sold.
C.G. CONN 8DY DOUBLE FRENCH HORN with YELLOW BELL Serial #5-72081X indicates the horn is only a few years old. "CONNstellation" - Key of F/Bb, .468" bore, 12.25" large throat bell, all nickel, tapered rotors and bearings, fully mechanical change valve, adjustable levers, clear lacquer. Nickel silver body with yellow brass bell and first branch, very good condition, clean and ready. No major dents ever, but some minor dings recently removed by our shop in Wichita. Very good lacquer finish looks almost new! The horn has been disassembled, given a soap and water bath, re-assembled and lubricated. Valves and key linkages are tight, quiet and fast. Very good original clean example, ready to play. Identical to the iconic all-nickel silver 8D, but with yellow brass bell to give it a slightly warmer, more flexible sound. The Conn 8DY is still in the Conn catalog, now with a suggested retail price of $6664 and a "street price" of about $4500. Sold.
Superb pro-quality double horn by ALEXANDER (Mainz), compensating model #102GAL-st, serial number 506X made in Germany in 1986. Gold-brass construction, detachable bell flare. Original rotors are still very good, showing minimal wear. No thin spots, no major dents, ever. Minor bell dings burnished out in our shop. It's now in fine original condition, this one's for you! Sold.
A superb double horn from the workshop of Engelbert Schmid, full double horn in yellow brass, detachable bell section, hand hammered bell flare, Kranz (Garland) on the bell, the horn lacquered and with water keys. Serial number 1210x, made in Mindenzell (Germany in 2012). Sold new by us, recently traded back to us for the exact same horn in gold-brass alloy. With Marcus Bonna case, the retail price is now 10,828 Euros ($13,535 at 1.25 current exchange rate). This one's absolutely perfect, never any dents or damage, no wear to the original lacquer finish. We're happy to let you speak with the original owner. This is a special instrument that's an easy "9.9 on a scale of ten." Sold.
Rare modern French horn from the Antoine Courtois (France) workshop, brass double with detachable bell flare, Ascending third valve system double, with piston valves. Serial Number 172x, made in France between 1985 and 1990. The instrument wears 100% original lacquer, has never been dented or dinged and the original case is perfect. Definitely not for everybody, but is you're devoted to "original French", this one's for you. Courtois is still in business in France, no longer list any French horns in their catalog. We've been advised that an identical instrument would be available on a "special order" basis, but the cost would be very high. Sold
Holton H-179/H-279, a good "Phil Farkas Model" solid nickel double horn, #64570x (1999/2000?). Detachable bell section, large bell, 100% new lacquer finish. New flat case, also it's a recent horn from Holton that's come to us in good conditon, now with detachable bell section and new case. New retail price is now $7081 (MAP price is $4729). This one's a "best buy". Sold
COLLECTOR'S HORNS, NATURAL AND ANTIQUE HORNS
Vintage German double horn form the Kruspe workshop (Erfurt), the bell engraved "Ed. Kruspe/Hoflieferant/Erfurt/DRGM 232038/made in Germany". It's an early "Horner model" with reversed change valve, which means it was built between 1904 and the mid 1920's. Our horn is a full double, unlacquered brass, has original bell, original mouthpipe. The horn shows evidence of high-quality workmanship. The Kruspe "Horner model" was the instrument that virtually all American makers copied. Holding for repairs, with a completion date estimated at mid-2015. Call for price.
Rare antique valveless natural horn by Eduard Zedlitz, made in Mariaschein (Bohemia) before 1850, bearing the engraving to the bell garland "Ed. Zedlitz/Mariaschein". Bell diameter is 289 mm and the bore size, measured at the main tuning slide, is 11.5 mm. Never any major damage to the bell section, numerous dents and dings have been burnished and balled from the crooks. With two crooks (High pitch F, low pitch F) and one coupler. $4875.
Interesting cor de chasse from the workshop of
Lucien-Joseph Raoux, the garland engraved “RAOUX
FOURNESSIEUR DE L’EMPEREUR RUE SERPENT A PARIS” and
stamped faintly “AR”. Three and one-half turns to the
tubing, with approximate total length 4.85 meters (15.75 feet).
Bell diameter is 27 cm (10.62 inches). Original black paint to the
inside of the bell. All original, but multiple repairs, especially
to the bell flare. Langwill does not show the Raoux firm at “rue
Serpent” without an exact number address. The instrument
obviously dates from the reign of Napoleon the first, (1804 –
1815), perhaps before 1810. As noted in the Grove Dictionary of
Musical Instruments, “…The earliest orchestral horns
were complete units, which meant that a different instrument had
to be used for each change of key…” Our horn is in
the key of C (approximate A = 425 pitch) and would have been built
during the years that Lucien-Joseph and Marcel Antoine Raoux were
also producing horns with interchangeable crooks. PLEASE EMAIL
Rare antique piston-valve horn by Charles Roth of
Strassbourg, made about 1860 – 1870. The horn is
totally original, without damage of any kind and with normal
modern (not ascending third valve) configuration. Bell diameter is
11 3/8 inches (290 mm). Nine original crooks plus a B-flat
coupler. There’s evidence that the horn has been played very
little, the original brass pistons are still tight, do not need
plating. There are no patches and the bell wears a wide garland on
the flare. The body of the horn is stamped “Ch. Roth / a
Strassbourg / brevete / S.G.D.G.” Germany gained control of
Strassbourg / Strassburg in 1870 and it became illegal to use the
French language in business and financial dealings. The French
spelling is evidence, we believe, that the horn was built before
1870. The original wood box is in good condition and the horn
comes with two original deep cup and small shank nickel-silver
mouthpieces, one slightly wider than the other. $6250
EXAMPLES OF COLLECTOR'S HORNS, NATURAL AND ANTIQUE HORNS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Rare English "Coach Horn" or "Post Horn", seamed solid nickel-silver construction, the bell engraved " The / BEAUFORT / 1851 / (two medals) / 1862 / KOHLERT & SON / makers / 61 Victoria Street / Westminster / (from Covent Garden) / LONDON". Total Length = 34 1/4 inches (870 mm). Nickel-silver mouthpiece stamped "K & S" Basic tone is E-flat at 440 pitch. Made about 1900.
Rare English "Coach Horn" or "Post Horn" two-piece silver plated brass construction, the bell stamped " Boosey & Co., Ltd. / makers London / 135590 " and " plated by Boosey 7&Co.," With slide pushed all the way in, total length is 25 3/4 inches (653mm), the basic tone is A, with tuning slide pulled, it plays in A-flat. Mouthpiece is stamped "Besson PH". Made about 1930. With modern Case, Sold
Rare antique natural horn (no valves) by Beauboeuf brothers, made between 1849 and 1857. The bell is stamped “ FB / Beauboeuf Freres / Paris”, is of brass with brass bell garland. The horn is totally original, without breaks or patches. Bell diameter is 10 1/4 inches (260 mm). The horn has come to us with nine crooks plus a B-flat coupler. Six of the crooks and the coupler match, two others have different fittings but appear to be from the same period. Dents and dings have been burnished out in our shop, but the horn has not been machine buffed in any way. The original painting inside the bell is still about 25 - 30 % intact. As reported in the “New Langwill Index”, Oscar and Auguste Beauboeuf’s brass manufacturing workshop was established in 1849, ceased business operations eight years later. Top recommendation on this one! Sold
PLEASE NOTE: We also stock all of your horn accessory needs! We carry a variety of oils and lubricants: Paxman and Alexander special oils, T2 valve oil, the full line of Hetman's products for brass, Al Cass, Blue Juice; you name it! Give us a call at (800) 835-3006 for more.
We also carry an extremely wide variety of mouthpieces. We have a large number of PHC cups and rims, Alexander mouthpieces, Engelbert Schmid mouthpieces (both original and digital), Bruno Tilz (including the very popular McWilliams series), Josef Klier, Stork, and Farkas models. Give us a call and we'll be happy to help.
TRUMPETS, vintage & used
used BACH “Stradivarius” Bb trumpets are almost always available, please email for the most current info.
BACH 180SL-25, silver plated "Stradivarius" B-flat trumpet, #96,80X, sold new by Wichita Band in 1973! It's a clean example that we give a "9.8" rating. Original monel pistons are still tight-as-new. The trumpet has never been seriously damaged. Our shop burnished out a few dings that are now invisible. Original silver plate is 98% with just a few very light scratches. Price includes Bach mouthpiece and very good original Bach case. Suggested retail price for a new Bach Strad 180SL-25 is $3948 and "street price" is about $2800. But why buy a new one? This is an exceptional "Early Elkhart" large bore Bach Strad trumpet that many players would agree is better than a new one! This one's $1695 with original case. $1795 with new Bach case.
Rare Austrian trumpet in the key of B-flat, the bell garland engraved "Matthaus Bauer/Instru. Fabrik/Wein" no serial number. Three rotary valves plus one quick-change to A. Bore size, at the second slide, is .410, bell is 5-1/8 inches in diameter. Based on information in the Langwill Index, we believe this instrument to date from the last quarter of the 19th century. High quality workmanship, no patches or thin spots, original valves still surprisingly tight. $1850.
Rare professional B-flat trumpet by A. Courtois (Paris), #336x, made in Paris about 1950. Goo original condition with 100% original bright silver plate finish, bell dings to the flair & spout recently burnished out in our shop. Medium-large bore size (.457 inches). Acquired by us with some pitting to the valve plating, we've had Anderson Company rebuild the valves to like-new. Engraved on the bell "Hors/concours/Chicago 1893/St. Louis/1904" and Antoine Courtois/brevete/facteur conservatoire/national/8rue de Nancy/PARIS/1er Prix/medaille d'or Paris/1878,1889, 1900/Grands Prix Liege 1900/Bruxelles 1910, Turin 1911/Geneve 1927". Courtois is France's oldest brass instrument maker, renouned for fine professional quality, but never imported to the USA in large numbers because of the high price. $1665.
Rare vintage combination C/Bb trumpet with Bb extension slide from Selmer-Paris, serial #16,99x (made in France in 1956). Later Selmer-France catalogs show this as the "Sabarich model", after the professor of trumpet at the Paris Conservatory. This one's an earlier model, but identical to the "Sabariches". Superb workmanship, with 95% original silver plate finish. Pistons have recently been rebuilt by Anderson and are now "better than new". No dents or dings, nickel mouthpipe, but note evidence of burnishing to the bell spout for dent removal. Four and one-half inch bell flare. We measure the bore size as .436 inches. Good original vintage case and mouthpiece included. As with all combination trumpets, with the C tuning slide, the intonation is better than with the B-flat. Rare, good player, not for everybody. $950.
Rare German trumpet in the key of C, the bell garland engraved "Verfertigt von C.W. STOY in Magdeburg" no serial number. Three rotary valves. Bore size, at the second slide, is 10.25 mm bell is 122 mm diameter. Based on information in the Langwill Index, we believe this instrument to date from between 1895 and 1900. High quality workmanship, no patches or thin spots. Original rotary valves have been built up with copper and re-fitted to the casings. Call for price.
EXAMPLES OF USED AND VINTAGE TRUMPETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
EXTRA CLEAN AND GOOD BACH STRAD TRUMPET, LT-180S-72 med-large bore. (.429) #531,49X, made in Elkhart, Indiana in 2003. Never any serious dents, two tiny bell dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. With Bach mouthpiece. Original case looks new. Very good example from a good time-period. Suggested retail price is now $4140; MAP price is now $2899. This one looks and plays like a new trumpet! Sold.
Interesting Bb trumpet bearing the “Alexandre” name, imported to the USA in the 1950’s by the Ernest Deffner Company, probably made in Germany. The instrument shows evidence of high quality workmanship, perhaps made as a copy of a pre-war Martin “Handcraft Committee” model. Note the valve caps, the water key and the bell to mouthpipe braces are all identical to Martin trumpets of that time. Serial number 40,24x stamped on the second valve casing. We measure the bore size at .459 inches and the bell diameter is 4.75 inches. Valves are nickel-plated over nickel-silver alloy and appear to be also Martin copies. There’s some minor plating wear to the first piston, but the valves are still tight…tighter than most new American instruments. This one came to us with no finish, so we’ve lightly polished, re-sprayed with two coats of Nikolas acrylic gold lacquer. Not for everyone, but a good vintage trumpet that actually plays very well. Sold
BACH 180S-37, silver plated "Stradivarius" B-flat trumpet, #447,42x, made in Elkhart in 1996. It's a very clean example, to which we give a good "9.5" rating. Original silver plate is 100%. Several small dings to the bell have now been burnished out in our shop. Original monel pistons are perfect...fast and tight. Original Bach case is almost perfect. Price includes Bach mouthpiece. It's a good example of a "pre-strike" Bach Strad-37. Sold.
Good Bach Strad Trumpet, LT-180S-43G med-large bore, (.459), #159,96x, made in Elkhart, Indiana in 1977. Never any serious dents, minor dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Has 43 mouthpipe, new case. Very good example from a good time-period. Sold.
RARE BACH "MERCEDES" TRUMPET, serial #848x, made in New York City in 1949. "M" (bore size .453) stamped on the second valve casing. Not to be confused with the later "Mercedes II" instruments from Conn-Selmer, the early New York Mercedes instruments differed from the best "Stradivarius" models by having all brass construction (no nickel-silver valve cluster) and with two-piece rather than one-piece bell. Some of Bach's other models ("Minerva", "Mercury") utilized parts from Germany that were assembled in the Bach factory. The Mercedes models were 100% "made in America", marketed as "one step down" from the best. This trumpet comes to us with 95% lacquer that looks original but is not. Very good valves that are almost like new. The original case is scuffed but solid and the price includes also a new case from Pro-Tech. Very good example from a good time-period, with original Bach 7C New York mouthpiece. Sold
Rare vintage Bb trumpet from the F. Besson (Paris) workshop, model “MEHA”, serial #9379x (made in France in 1948). Original pistons are still very good, showing minimal wear to the nickel plate. Lacquer finish is new, from our shop in Wichita. The instrument is being sold with original mouthpipe (several holes in the pipe) and with new mouthpipe from Kanstul. Large bore size, very good player, not expensive. Best trumpet ever made, some say. Sold
Rare professional B-flat trumpet by A. Courtois (Paris) #900x, made in Paris about 1955. Good original condition instrument with 95% original bright silver plate finish, bell dings to the flair & spout recently burnished out in our shop. Medium bore size with “M” stamped just above the serial number. The original chrome-plated pistons are absolutely perfect. Engraved on the bell “Antoine Courtois / brevete / facteur conservatoire / national / 8 rue de Nancy / PARIS”. Courtois is France’s oldest brass instrument maker, renowned for fine professional quality, but never imported to the USA in large numbers because of the high price. This particular instrument was their “Balanced Model”, based on Selmer’s “BA” model trumpet used by Harry James and Louis Armstrong. There’s evidence of burnishing to the bell, the spout and the mouthpipe. And the bell to mouthpipe brace has had some resoldering that we’ve cleaned up a bit. All in all, it’s a totally original and rare Courtois that’s come to us with a few nicks and dings, but with almost perfect pistons. Please see more photos below. Sold
RARE VINTAGE AMERICAN TRUMPET CIRCA 1930, BELL STAMPED "KEEFER / Williamsport / Pa.", serial number 2410x stamped on the second valve casing. We measure the bore as .459, bell diameter at 4 and 1/2 inches. This one's come to us in good condition, original pistons worn a bit and with 95% original gold plate. Valves have now been rebuilt to "better than new" specs in nickel plate. This one was previously in the collection of Paris musician Patrick Delile who describes it, in his catalog, as "Trompette a trois pistons aurifiee, noix de changement de tonalite au depart du pavillon. Keefer est un tres ancient facteur Americain qui produisit, jusqu'au milieu des annees 1930, des trompettes et cornets de belle facture. L'instrument est bien construit et tres elegant." With change valve from Bb to A, gold plate, and with original case. Very rare, superb 1930s American trumpet. Sold
RARE TRUMPET FROM THE MARTIN BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY, "COMMITTEE" MODEL, #2 BORE (.451 inches), serial number 207,67x (made in Elkhart in late 1959 or early 1960). Also stamped "RMC" on the bell. All dents and dings have been balled and burnished out, valves have been rebuilt by Anderson Plating Company and the lacquer finish is new, from our shop in Wichita. No thin spots, no patches, very good player, with new case. Sold
Rare vintage C Trumpet with Bb extension slide from Selmer-Paris, Serial #375x (made in France about 1945). Later Selmer-France catalogs show this as the "Sabarich model", after the professor of trumpet at the Paris Conservatory. This one's an earlier model, but identical to the "Sabariches". Superb workmanship, with 100% original silver plate finish. Pistons are original, show minimal wear. No dents or dings, nickel mouthpipe, four and one-half inch bell flare. We measure the bore size as .436 inches. Solid original vintage case and good original mouthpiece included. As with all combination trumpets, with the C tuning slide, the intonation is better than with the B-flat. Rare, good player, not for everybody. Sold
RARE VINTAGE Bb TRUMPET FROM SELMER-PARIS, SERIAL #37,84x, "K-MODIFIED 24B" (made in France in 1951). 100% new lacquer finish, brass construction with nickel mouthpipe. Pistons have 100% original nickel plate, are very tight and fast. .458 bore size, four and one-half inch bell, vintage case (or new Pro-Tek case if you prefer). First slide spring-loaded trigger, as well. Good French pro-quality trumpet from the 1960s, now in superb restored condition. Sold
CORNETS, vintage and used
French B-flat cornet by F. Besson, the bell stamped “Systeme prototype (on ribbon) / (FB logo) / F. BESSON / brevetee / 92 Rue D’Angouleme / Paris”. Valve casings are stamped “ 13 / 14 / 15 ” and the second valve casing is stamped “F. Besson / (crown) / 2815x ”. (Made in 1882). Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .467 inches. Bell diameter is 4 1/2 inches. The instrument came to us in unplated brass, has been lightly polished and sprayed with a coat of Nikolas 2105 acrylic lacquer. Rare 19th century French design, with valve cluster to the left, mouthpipe to the right and bell down the middle. The original brass pistons have been rebuilt and nickel-plated by Anderson and are now “better than new”. $1250
Rare antique cornet from the Gautrot workshops (Paris), pre 1900. Good French cornet by Gautrot, the bell engraved with Gautrot logo and “G R”. Made in Paris about 1880 - 1885, we believe. Valve cluster to the left, mouthpipe to the right and bell down the middle. Original brass pistons are still good, actually very tight. Minor dents and dings have been removed in our shop in Wichita. No patches, no water key. The original wood case is still in good condition and the cornet is sold with six crooks: B-flat, A, A-flat, G, F and coupler to bring the F crook down to E-flat. Bell diameter is five inches, approx. bore size is .445. Couesnon (Gautrot’s successor) shows a similar “model GCO francais” instrument in their 1913 catalog, but no model “GR”. Not pristine, but very close to it. The instrument plays very well, better in B-flat / A than in the lower pitches, of course. Recommended and it’s not even expensive! $1495.
Rare American cornet from the C.G. Conn Company, the bell stamped “The / Perfected / Wonder / C.G. Conn / maker / Elkhart / Ind.“. The second valve casing is stamped “ M / 10307x / our label / m.p.e. / p.i.u. / factory” and “ Pat. April / 2.1907”. The instrument features a unique quick-change mechanism that enables the player to push a plunger which automatically extends the lower main tuning slide at the same time as the three valve-slides. All the bits and pieces of the original mechanism are intact, with nothing missing anywhere. The top main tuning slide (at the end of the mouthpipe) is fitted with a water key, as is the third valve slide. The original silver plate is very good, worn perhaps one percent, at the third valve casing. Inside of the bell is gold plated. Pistons are original nickel and are still good but not perfect. Never any major dents and our shop has balled out some minor dings to the bow of the bell. We measure the bore size (bottom of the top tuning slide and top of the bottom tuning slide) at .442 inches. Bell diameter is 4.5 inches. Case is original and very good and contains an extra high-pitch top main tuning slide, original valve cleaning rod, original lyre and original mouthpiece stamped “Conn Wonder”. Even the screw on the lyre holder is original. It’s a rare piece that’s come to us totally original, no parts or accessories missing, everything in nearly pristine original condition. $1375.
EXAMPLES OF USED AND VINTAGE CORNETS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Rare German trumpet/cornet from the workshop of Ferdinand Julius Hermann Altrichter. The bell garland engraved “J. Altrichter / Frankfurt a - O / Hoflieferant Groesste / Instrumentenfabrik Deutschlands” no serial number, number 100 stamped on each of the rotary valve arms. . Three rotary valves plus one quick-change to A. Bore size, at the second slide, is .460, bell is 5 inches in diameter. Based on information in the Langwill Index, we believe this instrument to date from about 1910. High quality workmanship, no patches or thin spots, original valves still tight. The wrap and the shape of the bell would indicate it’s a cornet, but it takes a trumpet mouthpiece, the receiver far too wide for a cornet mouthpiece. This one’s a bit rare, unlike anything now being made anywhere. Sold
French combination C / B-flat / A cornet by F. Besson, the bell stamped "31 medailles d'honeur (on ribbon) / (FB logo) / F. BESSON / brevetee / 92 Rue D'Angouleme / Paris / (star)." Valve casings are stamped "16 /17/ 18" and the second valve casing is stamped "F. Besson / (star) / 2163x". (made in 1877-78). Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .476 inches. bell diameter is 4.80 inches. The instrument came to us in original bright silver plated brass, and is totally original, with maybe 5% wear to the original finish, at the 3rd. and 1st valve casing. The original detachable DOUBLE MOUTHPIPE (B-flat and A) is stamped "1". Rare 19th century French design, large bore size and playing very well in the key of B-flat or A. The original brass pistons have been rebuilt and nickel-plated by Anderson and are now "better than new". new case included in the price With the short mouthpipe plus the short main tuning slide, the cornet plays in the key of C. With the short mouthpipe and the main tuning slide extension, the cornet plays in B-flat. With the main tuning slide extension and the long mouthpipe, the cornet plays in the key of A. Sold
C.G.CONN (ELKHART) MODEL 80A "OPERA GLASS TUNING" CORNET, THE BEST ONE I'VE EVER SEEN! Serial number is 16933x, so according to Conn's info, it was made in 1919. Bell section wears elaborate floral engraving, all the way up to the bow of the bell. Hard to see from my photos, but the engraving subject is "Leda and the swan", with a scarcely-clad rather handsome lady right above the bird. The * (star) above the serial number confirms this was a special one-off order. Original owner's name "Rudolph William Treder" is engraved on the bell-rim. Conn's "burnished gold plate" model was their most costly finish...just above "satin gold plate with bright gold inside the bell". Their model 80A stayed in production for decades. Conn's late sixties catalog showed 80A models still in production, but without the quick-tune mechanism. Early 80A models had an elaborate quick-change mechanism that allowed the player to push the main tuning slide plunger and, at the same time, the valve slides also extended. The idea was to have a quick transformation from B-flat to A. Virtually all the 80A cornets we've seen have had this mechanism lost, damaged or removed. Our cornet has all the original parts. All of them. And everything works beautifully. One tiny ding to the mouthpipe has been burnished out in our shop, but you can see a scratch where the ding was removed. Original valves are nickel plated and show no wear at all. Still tight and fast. Original gold plated "Conn Wonder" mouthpiece is included. We acquired this beauty without case, though. We have two big boxes of empty original cases for the cornet, think we can come up with a good match. If not, a new ProTech case comes with it. You're seeing this beauty exactly as it came to us. We've wiped off a few fingerprints, have not polished or buffed it at all. At the first slide, we measure the bore at .475. The bell diameter is 4 5/8 inches. Definitely IS a model 80A, not a small-bore 4A. Do believe this is the best Conn 80A I've EVER seen. Top top recommendation on this beauty. Sold
Rare Vintage French Cornet, Stoelzel valves , made about 1840. Bell is engraved “Chambry / a Grenoble “. There’s no mention of the maker in the “New Langwill Index”. In fact, there’s no mention of any musical instrument maker in Grenoble. From the design of the instrument, we believe it was built before 1850. It’s a typical cornet, or “cornopean” with the earliest type of Stoelzel valves. Developed before 1820, Stoelzels were the first piston valves to be found on French brass instruments. Do an internet search for Stoelzels and you’ll find all sorts of technical information. We’ve not, however, been able to find any information about the maker of this instrument. We do know that Gautrot was building brasses for various music shops and dealers, but he wasn’t in the business until 1845. Gautrot’s predecessor, A.G. Guichard employed a large number of workers in Paris from 1827 and it’s possible his firm could have produced this instrument for a dealer in Grenoble. Whoever built the cornet, it’s quite a fine example that’s original in all parts. Note the offset second piston and the original valve buttons. Because it’s a historical instrument, we’ve done only minimal work to it. There are several older patches to the tubing that we’ve elected to leave alone rather than to remove and replace. Pistons are worn, of course, and should be rebuilt to make the instrument fully playable. We measure the bore size, at the second slide, as 11.5 mm (.452 inches); the bell diameter is 130 mm (5.1 inches). Carrying case / box appears to be the original, but the lining is a later replacement. Case handle, latches and hinges are original. Detachable mouthpipe is stamped “SB” (B-flat) and appears to be the original. The instrument plays at A = 435 pitch, but is difficult to get a proper tone due to the worn pistons. Mouthpiece is small, unplated brass, funnel shaped and without a name. The instrument also comes with several additional crooks, marked “La-B” (A flat), “Sol” (G), “Fa” (F) and “Mi” (E). There’s also a coupler marked “Mi-b” (E flat) that can be combined with the other crooks to bring the pitch down one-half step. No major dents to the body of the instrument, but the crooks have not yet been de-dented. Sold
ANTIQUE FRENCH B-FLAT / A CORNET FROM COUESNON, MADE IN 1924. It’s very good and totally original “Monopole” cornet, the ”top of the line” from the Couesnon workshop in Paris. This one’s quite unusual, in that all parts are original and unaltered, there are no dents or dings, the case, mouthpipe and mouthpiece are all original. Original brass valves are still very tight, work quite well. The instrument appears to have been played very little in the past 84 years. The bell’s stamped “Exposition Universelle de Paris / 1900 / HORS CONCOURS / membre de jury / COUESNON & Cie. / fourinsseurs / DES BEAUX-ARTS / DU CONSERVATOIRE NATIONAL / ET DE L’ARMEE 94. RUE D’ANGOULEME PARIS / Monopole (inside logo) / 40068 / 24 (inside logo)”. Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .452 inches. Bell diameter is 4 5/8 inches. The 1913 Couesnon catalog shows the instrument as their “No 01 ter.” model, the “top of the line”. The quick-change rotor works very well, but the cornet plays a bit more free in B-flat than in A. Doesn’t appear to have ever been dinged or dented. Note small brass patch to the tubing between #2 and #3 pistons. Original case is perfect and the original mouthpipe and no-name brass mouthpiece are like new. Clean example that’s perfect for Dixieland, Military Band or whatever. And with the Bb to A rotor, you never have to worry about transposition. Sold
Matched set of two rare English instrument from the Higham (Manchester)workshop. The Bb / A cornet is engraved "Patent / clear bore / EXHIBITION / fpMANCHESTER / England / 5008x" and with attached cartouche bearing Queen Victoria crest. 100% original silver plate with gold plate inside the bell. Elaborate floral engraving on the bell flare and spout and inside the bell. Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .447 inches. Bell diameter is 4 3/4 inches. Original pistons are copper. Price includes three original mouthpipes: 7 inches, 4 3/8 inches and 3 1/2 inches in length.
A long model trumpet made with cornet mouthpiece receiver engraved "CLASS / A / EXHIBITION / PRIZE MEDALS / awarded / to / J. HIGHAM Ltd. / 127. Strangeways / MANCHESTER / ENGLAND / 5122x" and with attached cartouche bearing Queen Victoria crest. 99% original silver plate. Bore size, measured at the second slide is .447 inches. Bell diameter is 4 7/8 inches. Original copper valves are still very good. Price includes longer tuning slides for second and third slides plus three crooks marked "F", "Eb" and "D", the three crooks stamped with Higham's name. Original mouthpiece is stamped "Higham ltd. / makers" as well as one other mouthpiece stamped "Hawkes model" and "A". Original valve cleaning rod and original lyre (with Higham stamp) included. Both instruments fitted to a wood carrying case. Sold
Set of two rare English instruments. The Bb / A cornet is engraved "Patent / clear bore / EXHIBITION / PRIZE MEDAL / awarded / London 1862 & Dublin 1865 / to / J. Higham Ltd. / 127. Strangeways / MANCHESTER / ENGLAND / 3785x" and with attached cartouche bearing Queen Victoria crest. 100% original silver plate. Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .447 inches. bell diameter is 4 3/4 inches. Original pistons are copper. Price includes two original mouthpipes: 6 1/2 inches and 3 inches in length and an adapter that's 1 1/4 long. Three mouthpieces: "J.Higham / Maker" and two others without name.Sold
A C/Bb combination pocket cornet engraved "Class A / (logo) trade mark / Distin / light valve / BOOSEY & Co / makers / 295 Regent St. / LONDON / 3037x." Engraved "(logo) trade mark /Distin / 28656" on the second valve casing. Two interchangeable main tuning slides, marked "c" and "Bb". All three valve slides marked with C / Bb / A tuning lines. Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .454 inches. Bell diameter is 3 1/2 inches. Two original mouthpipe 3 1/2 inches and 6 1/2 inches in length and a mouthpipe adaptor that's 1 3/8 inches long. Both instruments made in England in 1884. Both instruments in a fitted elegant wooden carrying case. Sold
Rare compensator French B-flat cornet by Sudre, the bell stamped “(horn-logo with the initials FS) / 83 médailles et brevets / HALARI / Diplome d’Honneur / F. SUDRE / Seul fournisseur de la Marine / Facteur du Conservatoire / et de l armée / 6 et 8 rue des Poitevins / à Paris". Additional stamp on the first valve: "1462 / ajusteur breveté Daniel (in an oval) / (horn-logo with initials FS)” and a soldered cartouche on the first valve casing “accord de (D & C #)” and another cartouche on the back of the first valve casing “accord de (Eb & Ab) and another cartouche soldered to the tubing connecting the first and third valve casing “compensateur”. Small crack to the bell ring and a small patch to the bell spout. Based on the report in the “New Langwill Index”, we believe the instrument to have been made before 1885. Sold
Good used Flugelhorns by Courtois, Couesnon, Besson and/or Selmer usually available, please email for current info.
Courtois Flugelhorn #787X, wears 90% original bright silver finish, chrome pistons are near perfect, small worn spot to #1. No dents or dings, good original case. Bore size, measured at the second slide, is .411 inches (10.41 mm); bell diameter is 6.125 inches (156 mm). Very good example, clean and straight, but not perfect. Note plating wear to the bell spout. Very good player, but not a "closet queen". Not expensive, no dents, clean, all original. Sold
Good Antoine Courtois Flugelhorn in Great Shape, Includes 1D Mouthpiece and Case! This is a very nice example of the Antoine Courtois line. A storied French firm, the Courtois company produces all kinds of brass instruments and are most famous for their trombone, flugelhorns, and trumpets. This Flugel is in very good shape. The rotors work well, there's good cork on the water keys, and the lacquer is in quite good shape, though some spots have been rubbed off through use as can be seen in the pictures below. This horn has an adjustable tuning bit at the end of the mouthpipe, as well. The serial number is in the 7xxx series, and likely dates from the 70s, though no comprehensive serial number list exists to the best of my knowledge. Auction includes a 1D Courtois mouthpiece and a shaped case. Sold
Good Fluegelhorn by A. Courtois, serial number 1072x, circa 1990. The bell is engraved “Antoine Courtois, Paris”. Very good original bright silver finish, the original finish is 98% or better. The pistons are stainless steel and very tight. Bell diameter is 6 1/8 inches and the bore size (measured at the second slide) is .411 inches. Original Courtois #4-1/2D mouthpiece. This is a very clean example that needs nothing doing to it. Sold
Soprano Fluegelhorn in Eb, made probably in the 1920's or 1930's by J. Gras (Paris and Lille). Serial number is 951x, bore size .394 inches (10.0mm), bell diameter is 4.625 inches (118mm). Original pistons are unplated brass, still very tight. Rare item, looks like it has never been played. $1495. Sold
German Rotary-Valve Flugelhorn with kranz on bell and a water key. We have here an interesting instrument: a rotary-valve flugelhorn in yellow brass, unlacquered, with a water key. Our trumpet technician has adjusted this instrument and replaced the waterkey, adjusted and cleaned the rotors and valves, and has produced a good quality, playable instrument. I'm afraid we don't know a ton of information about this horn. It has no identifying marks of any kind other than a serial number (340X) next to the brace near the first valve. Other than likely being Germanic in origin, we can't say too much more about it. It's a good horn, at a reasonable price, and perhaps you can be the person who solves the mystery of its origin! Sold
TROMBONES, vintage & used
Used Bach, Conn, King, Benge and other professional trombones are usually available. Please email for the most current info.
Rare H.N. White "King 4B Silversonic" F-attachment trombone #392,68x (1964). Never any major damage, with yellow brass bell, nickel-silver slide. .547 bore size, 8 5/8 inch bell. 98% original lacquer finish to the bell, now with new lacquer to the nickel-silver slide. The original chrome-plated inner slide legs are perfect. Several small dings have been burnished from the outer playing slide and the entire playing slide wears new lacquer finish. Very good original case and mouthpiece. Very good player, no longer in production with solid silver bell. Better than a new one, some say. $2575.
EXAMPLES OF TROMBONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Bach Stradivarius 42B Trombone #19778X (slide), #945X (rotor), now with a COMPLETE NEW HANDSLIDE from Bach. Specifications include .547" bore, 8 inch yellow brass bell, traditional wrap F-attachment, and brass handslide. The bell section has never been seriously damaged. Our shop removed minor dents and dings, polished and re-sprayed the bell section with new lacquer finish of the same type originally used by the Bach factory. The trombone now looks and plays like a new one! With new Bach case and mouthpiece. Suggested retail price for a new Bach Stradivarius 42B trombone is now $4408. This one's a best buy at only Sold.
C.G. Conn model 48H "Constellation" trombone #781,73X, made in Elkhart, Indiana in 1958. This was Conn's top professional tenor trombone in the 1950"s and 1960"s, with .500" bore, 8-inch nickel plated bell and lightweight slide with rose brass outer tubes. One of the best tenor trombones ever for jazz, concert band and solo playing, now being refurbished by our shop in Wichita with new lacquer finish and a new case. Sold.
Good used Bach Stradivarius double-rotor bass trombone, model 50B3G, slide #164,28X/Rotors #2460X and #2465X. Gold-brass bell and brass slide. Original slide is very good with only a few small dents (now removed). Bell flare has had a few dings also, now burnished out by our shop. New case from Pro-Tech. Suggested retail price on a new one is now $6378.00. This one's a "best buy" at Sold.
King model 2103 (3B) Trombone, #496,78x. It's a good second-hand trombone that came to us from the original owner. Maybe 20 years old, some dings to the bell section means we've burnished out all dings and dents, have replaced the outer playing slide with new legs and have re-lacquered the entire instrument with two new coats of Nikolas #2105 acrylic lacquer. New suggested retail is now $3241 with street price about $2000. This one looks and plays like a new instrument! Sold.
Used C.G. Conn 24-1 baritone horn, #GH-98015, 4 valve model, long action pistons, original bell, bell front, made in 1979. The original valves are good, showing no wear, but still tight and fast. Good original wood case, minimal wear to the lacquer finish. Dings and dents burnished out, good player and not expensive. "100% Made in America". $1295.
Good modern baritone horn from Yamaha Musical Instrument Company, model YEP-321, serial number 366,995. Upright bell four piston valves, still very good. The original lacquer shows no wear at all. Never any large dents or dings, one tiny ding to the mouthpipe and another to the end bow...now burnished out by our shop. New suggested retail price is $3408 with street price now about $2350. This one's a very good example, with a "best buy" price of $1695.
EXAMPLES OF EUPHONIUMS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Good modern baritone horn from Yamaha Musical Instrument Company, Model YEP-201, serial number 101,05x. Upright bell, three piston valves, still very good. The original lacquer is worn maybe ten percent and minor dings to the bell and large branch have been burnished out in our shop. This one's a very good example, with a "best buy" price of Sold.
Yamaha YEP-321 four valve EUPHONIUM, #022,05x. This one is only a few years old and has never been seriously damaged. Valves are tight as new. Our shop removed one dent in the first branch that's now invisible. Otherwise the instrument looks nearly new. The original Yamaha #48 mouthpiece and original case are in excellent condition. Suggested retail price for a new one is now $3408; with "street price" for a new one over $2300, but why buy a new one? Sold.
SUPERB VINTAGE BESSON THREE VALVE COMPENSATING EUPHONIUM, #60420x, made in England in the mid 1970’s. THREE pistons, full compensating model, good original satin silver finish never any large dents, minor dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. With new SKB case. The original pistons are very good. Three valve Besson compensators are now available from the manufacturer as a special order. Sold
Good French Baritone horn, from Couesnon (Chateau-Thierry)#4521x, three valve model, bell front, made in France about 1975. New case, good replacement lacquer finish. Dings and dents burnished out, good player and not expensive. "Made in France". Sold
King, Conn or other brands of brass and fiberglass Sousaphones usually available (new and reconditioned), please email for current info, or let us know what you're looking for. 20K's, 14K's, 36K's etc... if we don't have them now we will soon.
EXAMPLES OF SOUSAPHONES RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
Good brass Sousaphone from YAMAHA, serial #10125x. 100% all new gold lacquer finish, the pistons are original and very good. All major dents have been burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Yamaha still makes the same instrument, now with a suggested retail price of $10,724. This one's solid as a rock, a good player, comes with a large square case that's still quite good. Sold.
C.G. Conn model 36K fiberglass Sousaphone, #K42395 a clean Conn Sousa that's come to us with no breaks to the fiberglass and with new white paint and with all new lacquer finish from our shop in Wichita. Dents and dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Good original valves, the Sousa clean and straight! Sold.
King Musical Instruments, model 2370 fiberglass Sousaphone, #497,99X (Cleveland 1974/1975), a clean King Sousa that’s come to us with 95% original lacquer finish, no dents or dings, no breaks to the fiberglass and with new white paint. Still in production at King, now with a suggested retail price of $4395, street price of around $3100. This one’s pretty much “like new”, looks and plays great! Sold.
Good vintage brass Conn 14K Sousaphone, #700,98x (Elkhart, 1960) has very good original pistons, all dents and dings burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Clean, free of dents, good original valves. Worn areas to the body polished and oversprayed by us. With good used wood case. Sold.
Good Eb Sousaphone from Buescher, serial #223,62x (from 1927). Original silver plating is worn maybe 5 – 10%. The original pistons were rebuilt by Anderson Silver Plating showing no wear whatsoever. A great lighter alternative to a big BBb! Sold
Rare silver plated brass Sousaphone from the C.G. Conn factory in Elkhart, model 32K, serial #169,390 (1919). The original silver is worn maybe 10-15%, the original pistons came to us with some wear, so we've returned the valves to Elkhart to have Anderson Plating Company do a full piston rebuild. All major dents have been burnished out in our shop in Wichita. This is a good one....used amazingly little in the past four score and eight years. Conn still makes a Sousa, now with a suggested retail price of $8740. This one's better than a new one and isn't even expensive! SOLD
SUPERB MIRAFONE 4-VALVE BBb TUBA WITH ORIGINAL GIG BAG. Mirafone makes two model 186 BBb tubas: the 186-4U has nickel-silver slides, garland ("Kranz") on the bell ring. Their model S-186 is a stripped-down version, with brass slides, most of them without the Kranz to the bell. Our tuba is one of the better models, a true "186-4U". Several years old, but looks like it's never been played. Never any dents, 100% original lacquer finish. With original Mirafone gig-bag and original Mirafone mouthpiece. Really fine example that looks new. $6250.
Yamaha YBB-321 four-valve TUBA, #100,19x. It's a good all around concert tuba with .728" bore and 17.5" bell. Dents and dings have been removed by our shop, but no serious damage ever to this good BBb tuba. The valves are tight in the casings with good compression and the original lacquer finish is worn less than 10%. With mouthpiece and good original case. Suggested retail price for a new one is now $9,561; with "street price" for a new one over $6,600, but why buy a new one? Our price for this one: $2,850.
EXAMPLES OF TUBAS RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT COMPANY:
SUPERB MIRAFONE 5-VALVE BBb TUBA WITH CASE. Four piston valves, one rotary. Looks and plays like a new instrument. Never any dents of any kind. Minor belt-buckle scratches, almost invisible. Suggested retail price for a new Mirafone 1291 BBb tuba (with case) is now $19,116, with a "street price" over $11,500.00 and SLOW time of delivery. This one's a best buy. Sold.
SUPERB HIRSBRUNNER 5-VALVE CC TUBA. It's a consignment to us from a local school district that does not need a CC tuba. Bright silver finish (tarnished today but will be hand polished) with maybe 1% wear to plating. Minor bell and end-bow dents are being removed. It's a rare and beautiful tuba, the first Hirsbrunner we've had in our shop for several years. Superb! Sold.
Rare Vintage English concert tuba in the key of BB-flat by Boosey-Hawkes / Besson (London). "Full automatic compensating system" with large bore, Bell front construction. The instrument has three compensating pistons. Condition is good, with dents to the end-bow and slides recently burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Serial # is 329,85x, built in London in 1966. The lacquer is worn maybe 75%. Original pistons are in good condition, showing minimal wear. bore size is .730. This one's 100% English, of high quality, has the voice of a giant cathedreal pipe-organ. Because the original lacquer finish shows substantial wear, we recommend this superb BBb tuba for home use. If you're playing a new Mirafone BBb Tuba at school but can't bring it home every night, here's a good playing pro-quality BBb tuba that's the perfect "practice at home" instrument. Sold.
SUPERB VINTAGE GERMAN BBb tuba, form GEBRUEDER ALEXANDER workshop in Mainz, has four rotary valves, 17.71 inch upright bell, .807 inch large bore size, gold-brass mouthpipe. Purchased new in March of 1962 by Herr Jakob Geiger and acquired recently from the original owner. It's come to us with several bell-flare and body dings and 95% good original lacquer. Rotors are still very good and valve action is quiet, quick, and smooth. Retail price in Germany is now more than $14,000. This one comes with a good hardshell case and original mouthpiece. "Modell 163", still in production at Alexander. Sold
Good 3/4 BBb Tuba from the AMATI workshops in the Czech Republic. Model ABB221, serial number 868350. Upright bell, three top pistons, brass lacquer finish, .640 bore size. It's a good "practice tuba" that's come to us with minor dings and dents that we've burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Original lacquer is still very good, worn maybe 10%. Price includes good original wood case. Amati's current model 221 tuba now has a new suggested retail price of $3600 (with case), street price about $2450. This one's a good school instrument, now dent-free and in good playable condition. Sold
Vintage Conn model 24-J tuba, BELL FRONT #M9917x, made in Elkhart in 1969. .773 bore size, FOUR piston valves are in very good condition. Lacquer finish is worn about 20%, major dents and dings have been burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Worn lacquer areas have been over-sprayed to protect the brass. Conn’s best BBb tuba in the sixties, now in very good original condition. Sold
Rare English concert tuba in the key of BB-flat by Boosey-Hawkes / Besson (London), model 226 “full automatic compensating system” with 17 inch, large bore, upright bell construction. The instrument has four compensating pistons. Condition is good, with dents to the end-bow and slides recently burnished out in our shop in Wichita. Serial # is 555,220, dating from 1974. The original lacquer is worn maybe 10%. Original pistons are in good condition, showing minimal wear. Bore size is .7302. Besson tubas and lower brass instruments are today made in India. The last of the non-Indian tubas were virtually identical to our instrument, cataloged as their “model 992”, with 19 inch rather than 17 inch bell diameter. This one’s 100% English, of high quality, has the voice of a giant cathedral pipe-organ. Highest recommendation. Sold
Set of two timpani, Ludwig "Universal" models, 25 inch and 28 inch, painted copper bowls, with new heads and with new tuning guages. In good original condition, with no damage anywhere. New suggested retail price (fiberglass bowls) is now $5109 with school bid price about $3500. This is an older but clean set of timps, recently acquired from a local high school that's closed up forever. Never abused, top recommendation. Set of two: $1395.
SINGLE Ludwig 29 inch "standard series"
timpani, FIBERGLASS bowl, with almost-new head and new
rim-mounted tuning gauge. In fine condition, with no damage
anywhere. It's a newer instrument, a clean timp set maybe from the
2000's that's come to us in perfect original condition. Never
abused, top recommendation. Ludwig's suggested retail price of
$3125 with school bid price close to #2100. But why buy a new one?
This one's clean, dent-free, mechanically sound and even looks
Good used single timpani, 23 inch Ludwig Chicago Fiberglass Universal, clean (1970's, I think), new head. Retail price new is now $2509. Price on this one = $775., without tuning guage.
Good used single timpani, 23 inch Ludwig Chicago "Professional Symphony", clean (1970's, maybe early 80's), new head, extended collar. Retail price new is $4463. Price on this one =$1245. Without tuning guage.
Good used single timpani, 23 inch WFL Chicago "Standard Symphony", very clean with new finish to the base and struts. 1950's, before Bill Ludwig bought back the "Ludwig" name from Conn. Not extended collar, though. Retail price new is now $3885. Price on this one = $985. Without tuning guage.
TIMPANI RECENTLY SOLD BY WICHITA BAND INSTRUMENT CO.
Single Ludwig "Professional Series" model 23 inch copper timp, the better model with extended collar and mechanism outside the bowl. Still in production at Ludwig, now with a suggested retail price of $4463 and street price or school bid price about $3000. This one's clean, dent-free, mechanically sound and the Ludwig head on it appears to be almost new. Sold..
Single Ludwig 29 inch "standard Series" timpani, COPPER bowl, with almost-new head and new rim-mounted tuning gauge. In fine condition, with no damage anywhere. It's a newer instrument, a clean timp set maybe from the 1990's that's come to us in nearly perfect original condition. Never abused, top recommendation. Ludwig's suggested retail price of $4775 with school bid price close to $2700. But why buy a new one? This one's clean, dent free, mechanically sound and even looks good! Sold.
Set of two timpani, Ludwig "Symphony Professional" models, 26 inch and 29 inch, painted fiberglass bowls, extended collar with new heads. In absolutely perfect original condition, with no damage, ever. New suggested retail price is now $7140 with school bid price about $3300. This is a very clean set of timps, recently acquired as surplus from a local church. Maybe 5 years old at the most. Never abused, top recommendation. Set of two: Sold.
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