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    Left-Handed Instruments

    Here is a really nice example of a talented instrument guy turning a standard euphonium into one for a left-handed player. Beautiful work.

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    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    Dan is the same guy that restored my New Standard.

    Dennis
    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
    1918 Hawkes & Son euph 3&1 original
    1915 York Bb tenorhorn original
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    Okay, now that is cool. I have taken apart a horn, and can imagine most of the process
    but one thing I can’t visualize, how did he reverse the valve cluster?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrassedOn View Post
    Okay, now that is cool. I have taken apart a horn, and can imagine most of the process
    but one thing I can’t visualize, how did he reverse the valve cluster?
    My thoughts went down that same path! No clue.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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    I remembered reading something about how Dan Oberloh did that some years ago and searched for it. Not a lot of detail but on Dan’s website under ‘completed projects’ you can see a King 2268 project he did for a lefty. Under the second picture he described some of that project.

    link: http://www.oberloh.com/gallery/Complete.htm
    Rick Floyd
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    Quote Originally Posted by BrassedOn View Post
    Okay, now that is cool. I have taken apart a horn, and can imagine most of the process
    but one thing I can’t visualize, how did he reverse the valve cluster?
    Maybe used the cluster upside down??
    John Morgan
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    From Rick’s link : “The important part that was salvageable was the valve section which is probably the best one available for such a conversion. The ports were removed, the forth valve cut off and refit and brazed to the first valve. The porting of the first and third valves are so close that with a bit of skill and a little care the block was able to be completely reversed to a mirror image of its original configuration. ”
    That is amazing!

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