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  1. Sorry I did not see your question earlier. I...

    Sorry I did not see your question earlier.
    I have several double bells. Not all Conns.
    I would look for cannibalization candidates, single bell or double to start.
    A couple of my horns came...
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    Cappy, Good Luck with your project. I have...

    Cappy,
    Good Luck with your project.
    I have three 5 valve ones: one from my dad and two I acquired via EBay. Spent several years watching for them.
    Recommend getting as detailed info on...
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    Looks like a nice early example. I have a...

    Looks like a nice early example. I have a 1905ish Conn Double Bell in my collection. Serial Numbers give us a good date approximation, but it seems few companies still have really accurate data for...
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    Trying to attach some pics of the 1905-08, ser...

    Trying to attach some pics of the 1905-08, ser 81121, showing the similarities with the 1892.
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    Unfortunately, cannot add any info on 5 valve ...

    Unfortunately, cannot add any info on 5 valve "Prototype" Euphonium fingerings.
    Have a Besson 4 valve Non-Compensating "Prototype" Euphonium circa 1905-08.
    Design is very similar to the 1892...
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    Thanks Barry. I agree. Do not think there is...

    Thanks Barry.
    I agree. Do not think there is much in the way of applicable New Old Stock out there.
    Basically trying to find out if there is a Besson specialist out there that has a few euphonium...
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    Old Besson Euphonium Parts Sources

    To All:
    My collection includes a couple of older Bessons: 1905 - 1909ish 4 Valve Chicago Bore, small shank, non-compensator (condition iffy); and a 1960ish 4 valve, bell front compensator...
  8. A Bach 4G requires serious chops. I found the...

    A Bach 4G requires serious chops.
    I found the Denis Wick 6BM / 6BS (reasonably close to a Bach 6 1/2 AL) worked well for me originally shifting to New Standard and older Bessons from my Conn.
    More...
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    I use a Bach 6 1/2 AL on my CONN 30I and Holton...

    I use a Bach 6 1/2 AL on my CONN 30I and Holton Double Bells. It seems to work fine.
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    Pics of a 1901 ish 4 valve Conn Double Bell case...

    Pics of a 1901 ish 4 valve Conn Double Bell case
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    Have some pics of a 1901 Conn 4 valve Double Bell...

    Have some pics of a 1901 Conn 4 valve Double Bell Euph case.
    Could not get them to insert.
    May be a size issue I am not aware of.
    Jim
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    Altieri made a gig bag for my 1941 Holton 5 valve...

    Altieri made a gig bag for my 1941 Holton 5 valve double bell. It is very nice.
    Also, have a Conn similar to, but slightly older than your 1917, with an original case in pretty rough condition....
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    I have a 1960 ish Besson, 4 valve, compensating,...

    I have a 1960 ish Besson, 4 valve, compensating, removable bell, euphonium in my collection.
    Love the way it sounds. I use a Denis Wick, 6BM euro shank, mouthpiece with it.
    It is significantly...
  14. Case for a Besson ( 8-10 Model 180) Bell Front Compensating 4 Valve Euphonium

    The horn (1960ish) still plays nicely.
    When I acquired it, it came with a gig bag for an upright bell.
    The gig bag fit is not good and protection is iffy.
    The bell front euph is longer (bottom of...
  15. This model was probably the first Besson Euph I...

    This model was probably the first Besson Euph I encountered.
    Back in the 60s in the Maine (NY) Town Band, the other euph player got a spectacularly good tone out of his Besson Compensating 4...
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    Thanks for the info. Have not noticed any real...

    Thanks for the info.
    Have not noticed any real binding.
    I have given each valve a couple of good squirts of Yamaha Synthetic Light through the slides and a couple of drops inside each cap with no...
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    Speeding up Rotary Valves

    I have a Mirafone 4 Rotary Valve Euph, not an oval, that I have rarely used because I have not been able to get the valve action as quick as even my vintage piston valves. There does not appear to...
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    Jimmy, Unfortunately, I am not collocated with...

    Jimmy,
    Unfortunately, I am not collocated with the Holton right now to weigh or measure it.
    It is a reasonably heavy horn.
    The large bell is upright while the small bell points forward.
    The 5...
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    I purchased an Altieri Custom Gig Bag for my...

    I purchased an Altieri Custom Gig Bag for my Holton 5 valve Double Bell without a case a couple years ago.
    Fit is very good and quality is excellent.
    The Holton is 30 inches long and most...
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    Re-Lacquering Question

    The lacquer on my Conn 30I is pretty well shot. Valves are OK. A few small dents.
    Original case could use an overhaul.
    Looks bad, but appears to play as well as it ever did.
    I am trying to make...
  21. Review of Amati Kraslice EP-334 Euphonium

    Do not see very many comments on Amati horns.

    I have had the Amati EP-334 Euphonium at my worksite house for a couple of years now. To my ear it sounds as good as any non-compensator.
    Bad news...
  22. Will, I noticed you have a Buescher Double Bell...

    Will,
    I noticed you have a Buescher Double Bell in your collection.
    I have a 5 valve Buescher Double Bell.
    My mouthpiece receiver is slightly larger than small and slightly smaller than medium...
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    Jacob, That is my observation also. Basically...

    Jacob,
    That is my observation also.
    Basically the rotating joint for the bell front blocks the area the lead pipe attaches to on the upright bell horns.
    One needs to find an appropriate pillow /...
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    Jacob, Congratulations on your purchase. 50+...

    Jacob,
    Congratulations on your purchase.
    50+ years ago a friend of my Dad's used to get a wonderful sound out of a Bell Front Besson.
    It was probably the first Besson I ever saw or heard.
    A year...
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    I can second dukachop's comments on the CONN 30I....

    I can second dukachop's comments on the CONN 30I. In High School, I frequently had the tuning slide almost completely in. If the conductor tuned a hair sharp I was in trouble. For years I thought...
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