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    Case or Gig Bag for Double Bell?

    Thanks to the online auction site we all know and love, combined with my financial irresponsibility and H.A.S. (Horn Acquisition Syndrome)... I've got a 1917 Conn USQMC double bell on the way. It is large bell fixed upright (11"), small bell forward and removable (unknown flare diameter), 3+1 valve configuration.

    It has no case of any kind. Being 100 years old and a little beat-up as it is, I have the motivation to get a case for it so it is well-protected and easier to transport. Any recommendations?
    Avid horn collector, check my profile to see what I've got (not enough room to reasonably squeeze 14 horns down here!)
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    Congratulations, and thanks for helping preserve our history!

    Altieri advertises that they will gladly make a custom case for a double bell. I have seen some DB's on eBay placed inside some stock hard cases, but those were usually ones with 2 curved bells where the case had more surplus room. But you still might be able to find a hard case that fits it. Not sure where to look, though.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    I had a 1911 Conn DB in the same configuration. It had a case. That case was just like a standard euphonium case. To use the case, I removed the small bell and the horn fit like any euphonium. In this situation, there was a place for the small bell next to the fixed large bell. So, when you get the horn, see if the small bell is removable, if it is, then look for a case that will accommodate the horn without the small bell. You should be able to find a spot in the case to put the small bell.

  4. 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.
    Will try to get a picture of the case and link it.
    I receive frequent complaints about the size of my euph herd.
    Jim
    Jim Babbitt
    1960s 4 valve and 1971 3 valve Besson New Standards (Denis Wick 6BM) for regular playing
    1936 Conn 5 valve 30I Double Bell (Bach 6-1/2AL) General Purpose Back -Up
    1924 Buescher 5 valve (the Denis Wick is close) and 1940 Holton 5 valve (Bach 6-1/2AL) Double Bells for kicks.
    1860s OTS Saxhorn when history is required (the Denis Wick fits)

  5. 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
    Jim Babbitt
    1960s 4 valve and 1971 3 valve Besson New Standards (Denis Wick 6BM) for regular playing
    1936 Conn 5 valve 30I Double Bell (Bach 6-1/2AL) General Purpose Back -Up
    1924 Buescher 5 valve (the Denis Wick is close) and 1940 Holton 5 valve (Bach 6-1/2AL) Double Bells for kicks.
    1860s OTS Saxhorn when history is required (the Denis Wick fits)

  6. Pics of a 1901 ish 4 valve Conn Double Bell case
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    Jim Babbitt
    1960s 4 valve and 1971 3 valve Besson New Standards (Denis Wick 6BM) for regular playing
    1936 Conn 5 valve 30I Double Bell (Bach 6-1/2AL) General Purpose Back -Up
    1924 Buescher 5 valve (the Denis Wick is close) and 1940 Holton 5 valve (Bach 6-1/2AL) Double Bells for kicks.
    1860s OTS Saxhorn when history is required (the Denis Wick fits)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Babbitt View Post
    Pics of a 1901 ish 4 valve Conn Double Bell case
    Wow - I've never seen a euphonium case (single or double bell) quite like that!
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
    YouTube: dwerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    Twitter: davewerden
    Instagram: davewerdeneuphonium

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