This is an old Martin body with a Walter Nirschl valve section that was purchased new in 1998 and a detachable upright bell from a Buescher helicon. The original recording bell is also included. (See more photos below.) My father found it back in the early 1930s and purchased it after having his teacher (Lucas DelNegro) check it out. He used it for about 60 years, including some time in the early 1950s when he was studying with William Bell, on the GI bill. After I inherited the tuba in 1997 I rebuilt it with the Nirschl valve section and a Bohm & Meinl leadpipe. I used it in concert bands for the next 20 years. Much of the original silver plating is gone, but the body is not banged up; that indicates that it was loved and cared for. It's still a great tuba, but is becoming too heavy for me to manage at my present age. I also made a case for the body out of my college footlocker, and used it for bus rides to Carnegie Hall, but have not made cases for the two bells. (SOLD)
This is an old Besson body with beautiful silver plating mated to a King valve section that was overhauled by Anderson Plating. (The Besson originally looked like THIS:) Intonation and tone quality are excellent. A student who used this tuba in his high school band decided that he liked it more than the school's brand- new silver-plated Yamaha YBB-321. He also used it in the CMEA regional band, and came very close to making it to all-state band. Another student played it in the 2013 Boston TubaChristmas while his own King 2341 was in the shop, and said it played just as well. It has no case, but fits in the Pro-Tec gig bag listed below with some room to spare. Asking $1300.
This is a standard Pro-Tec bag in nearly-new condition. The King-Besson tuba mentioned above fits inside it with some room to spare. Asking $125.
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