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Thread: Thomas Van Osten & his Conn

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    Thomas Van Osten & his Conn

    Quite the dandy, eh?

    Never heard of him, but then again.....

    Reportedly he was married to a "singer with Sousa's band".


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    And that singer would be Inez Lord Mecusker.

    More about Thomas D. Van Osten and Inez on this link.
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    I've played one of those, albeit very briefly. The man from whom my father and I bought my 86I in 1960 had a gold-plated "nekkid lady" DBE, and he let me play it for a few minutes. (I was a 9th-grader; I couldn't do much with it, but I'd love another chance )

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    Instrument valued at a whopping $400!!

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    But after adjusting for inflation, in today's dollars that's probably about a million $$.
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    Quote Originally Posted by davewerden View Post
    But after adjusting for inflation, in today's dollars that's probably about a million $$.
    It doesn't say what year that was, but I found an inflation calculator going back to 1939. $400 in '13 is a little over $9300 now, not bad.

    We offered to buy Charles Towsley's DBE, but he wasn't selling. We paid 200 1960 dollars for the 86I; that's something over $1500 now, almost twice what I paid for the Jin Bao. Mr. Towsley was 92 years old and needed the money, but not enough to sell the double.
    Last edited by DaveBj; 09-25-2012 at 06:04 PM.

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    Van Osten played in the very early 20th century, so a fair date to pull the $$ conversion would be around 1915 or so.

    DDG

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    I'm betting you couldn't touch a new-condition Conn gold-plated DBE, nekkid-lady or otherwise, for the inflation-adjusted price. However, if Jin Bao can produce a Yamaha clone for less than $1k, I'd bet they could produce DBE (ordinary finish, not gold plated) for less than $2k. I've dropped a hint, but I don't think they noticed.

    Update: found the poster for sale at an antique brass musical instruments site -- it's from the 1890s. I don't think our inflation calculators go back that far.
    Last edited by DaveBj; 09-26-2012 at 06:54 AM.

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    I joined this forum to let the group know that I have and own this double bell euphonium. My father bought it in a pawn shop in the late 1950's in NY. I had the horn reconditioned 15 years ago. I never knew about the original owner until now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevemitchener View Post
    I joined this forum to let the group know that I have and own this double bell euphonium. My father bought it in a pawn shop in the late 1950's in NY. I had the horn reconditioned 15 years ago. I never knew about the original owner until now.
    Welcome to the forum! That's a great connection you brought to the discussion. Osten was apparently kind hearted, at least based on this story, where he tries to help a fellow musician find a life outside of prison:

    https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/insidecdcr/2...-prison-walls/
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