A baritone from before the "Yamafication" of the low brass voice.  Here's a little rant. Modern euphoniums, be they Yamaha, King, or Conn, all sound the same to me. It's a good sound, but I feel like it's the horn playing the player, rather than the other way around. I grew up on older Olds and Conn bell-front horns, and they challenged the player to find a sound that was their own. 

This horn goes back to that era. The sound is lovely and mellow if that's what you want, but you can also make it raunchy, ugly, sexy, funky, really whatever you want it to sound like. This horn can crackle like a bass trombone, or sing like an English Baritone, all depending on what you put into it. It's a real treat to play.

It was originally a high-pitch horn. Someone along the way removed the third-valve slide and used it as the main tuning slide, bringing it into modern pitch. That left the third branch missing. I sourced the third branch from a slightly larger-bored Conn baritone (intentionally) brought it into proper tune, then had it silver plated. 

The horn has a few braces that are not silver plated, and I just don't have the hand strength to rag out the valve clusters anymore, but with a bit of silver polish, this could be an absolute knockout. 

The valve compression is good, the valves were metered with a borescope, and they're fast and quiet. 

I don't have a case for the horn, but I will pack it carefully. 

Listed3 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
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Ellensburg, WA, United States
Joined Reverb:2018

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