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    Thumbs up FS: Conn USQMC 4-Valve Euphonium in Silver

    This is a 1918 euphonium that is in very good shape for its age. The seller's description is below (modern pitch, plays well, NEW case included). This could be a fun horn to own if the bidding doesn't climb too high. Current bid is $199.

    SOLD FOR $201.50 - NICE BUY!

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Conn-USQMC-4-Valve-Euphonium-From-1918/323773306128

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    C.G. Conn Ltd. New Wo set model ‘Big-Toned’ single bell euphonium with 4 top action valves. Built in 1918, it is in surprisingly good condition. There are some small dents and dings(see pics), but it looks like the silver plated finish is close to 100%. Marked USQMC on the bell.

    It is in low pitch and matches modern horns.


    This a very cool and surprisingly well playing Euphonium.


    Brand new case included.
    Last edited by davewerden; 04-21-2019 at 05:08 PM.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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    I'm skeptical of the "modern pitch" claim. It may be true. But it may be a low pitch that's not 440. A=440 was just one of the pitches that counted as "low" even up through the late 20s and beyond. Too many people think "low pitch" is synonymous with "A=440".

    It MIGHT be pitched to 440 (that really is one of the possibilities), but other possibilities include at least 435 and 438 -- which, unfortunately, a lot of people will "hear" as playing at 440. ("Ya just have to lip it a bit.")

    I don't believe pitch claims about these horns unless they come from someone I have reason to believe is really reliable and has actually put a tuner on the instrument to determine the pitch.
    Gary Merrill
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    Congratulations to the winner! If you are a forum member, please let us know how it goes once you have played it.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
    Twitter: davewerden
    Facebook: davewerden
    YouTube: dwerden
    Owner of TubaEuph.com, DWerden.com

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