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  • pjmeise
    Junior Member
    • Oct 2016
    • 4

    FS: Hirsbrunner HBS 378 Euphonium

    After much consideration I have decided to part with my wonderful Hirsbrunner euphonium. I have made a career change and do not have a need for the instrument at this time. Here is the pertinent information:

    Hirsbrunner HBS 378
    Serial Number: 078355 (built in 1978)
    Bore size: .630 (o.d.) bore; 4th valve - 668 (o.d.)
    Bell Diameter: 305mm - 11 1/2"
    Height: 660mm
    Large Shank

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    The instrument in in great condition considering it’s age. The instrument was recently ultrasonically cleaned by Carl’s Pro Band. Comes with a hard shell case. Price is $4900 OBO. Horn is located in Normal, Illinois and buyer pays shipping expenses. I will not ship the horn out for trials, but will gladly drive a few hours to facilitate a play test.
    Last edited by RickF; 10-27-2016, 01:32 PM.
  • RickF
    Moderator
    • Jan 2006
    • 3871

    #2
    Welcome to the forum. Very nice looking horn.

    I edited your post to remove the green check icon - which means it's sold. Good luck with the sale.
    Rick Floyd
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    • MarChant
      Senior Member
      • Feb 2016
      • 191

      #3
      I have the same horn, except this one looks much better while it is 5 years older.

      I did notice one thing: your top valve caps don´t seem to have felt inlays, like mine does. Is this a custom modification, or did you just forget to put them back after the ultrasonic cleaning...?
      Martin Monné

      My collection of Brass Instruments

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      • davewerden
        Administrator
        • Nov 2005
        • 11138

        #4
        Originally posted by MarChant View Post
        I did notice one thing: your top valve caps don´t seem to have felt inlays, like mine does. Is this a custom modification, or did you just forget to put them back after the ultrasonic cleaning...?
        In my experience the groove for these inlays was pretty shallow, and they came out easily. Several of the displays models and some of the horns they shipped me to evaluate had the felts out of the groove. I always figured if I owned one I would use a little rubber cement or something to keep the inlays in place.
        Dave Werden (ASCAP)
        Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
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        • EuphGuy
          Member
          • Apr 2007
          • 105

          #5
          Nice horn! Good luck with the sale.

          sidenote.....I always find it interesting to look these horns over for the minor changes that were made over the years. I've had two of them.....my first was built in the early 90s and my current horn was made in 2001. My current horn has finger buttons similar to this horn listed for sale, while my old horn had larger buttons with concave inserts. Another thing I always notice is the brace between the two tubes of the third valve slide.....my old horn had a straight piece like this horn that is listed for sale, while my current one has a "u" shaped brace....but I've also seen much older hirsbrunners with "u" shaped braces. I assume the sources for the components changed over the years and that would account for the differences.

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          • pjmeise
            Junior Member
            • Oct 2016
            • 4

            #6
            My horn had mother of pearl in lays, not felt. They are worn in from playing, but still in good shape.

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            • davewerden
              Administrator
              • Nov 2005
              • 11138

              #7
              I'm speaking of the large-diameter felt "washers" that fit into a recess in the top cap of the valve casing (not the finger button). They are shown (in white) in this photo of my horn.

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              Dave Werden (ASCAP)
              Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
              Adams Artist (Adams E3)
              Alliance Mouthpiece DC3, Wick 4AL, Wick 4ABL
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              • pjmeise
                Junior Member
                • Oct 2016
                • 4

                #8
                Oh, I see what you're talking about. When I purchased this horn it did not have those felts, but I'm sure the horn did have them at some point.

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                • pjmeise
                  Junior Member
                  • Oct 2016
                  • 4

                  #9
                  Thank you!

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                  • MarChant
                    Senior Member
                    • Feb 2016
                    • 191

                    #10
                    Indeed, I also meant the felt washers Dave is talking about. As far as I know, their presence or absence does affect the function of the valves, so it could be worth checking that out.
                    Martin Monné

                    My collection of Brass Instruments

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