Santa Got Me 25 Pounds Of Brass

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Santa Got Me 25 Pounds Of Brass

#1 Post by BlaineG » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:03 pm

I've been wanting one of these for a long time. Got a great Black Friday deal on it.
It's on it's way from England.

5/4 Size
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Bb Helicon (sousaphone)

These were the first iterations of the sousaphone at the end of the 19th Century. Every so often a company will make new ones.
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#2 Post by Bill in Oregon » Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:57 pm

Blaine, that is just so cool. We'd better have a Youtube of you playing that beauty.

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#3 Post by Beaker » Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:04 pm

Blaine that is so cool! 4 valves though? I didn't think the originals had the F (4th valve). Will make you a versatile modern instrument with the old retro look.

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#4 Post by BlaineG » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:17 pm

Beaker wrote:
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Blaine that is so cool! 4 valves though? I didn't think the originals had the F (4th valve). Will make you a versatile modern instrument with the old retro look.
YesSir..the first valve slide is on top within easy reach, as well. This is almost as cool as the 19-4 I got a few weeks ago....Santa has been very happy with me this year. :? :? Well, I tricked him anyway...
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#5 Post by Pitchy » Fri Nov 30, 2018 5:59 pm

Very nice, wish i could play something. 8)
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Re: Santa Got Me 25 Pounds Of Brass

#6 Post by BlaineG » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:03 pm

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Very nice, wish i could play something. 8)
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#7 Post by 3leggedturtle » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:27 pm

Do you wear it like a tuba? Or how do you hold it? Todd

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#8 Post by M. M. Wright » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:52 pm

Wow Blaine it's just beautiful! I haven't had a tuba in years. Biggest brass I have is a Baritone, a 'bone, a couple of trumpets and our old family cornet. The cornet is a Conn big bore made in 1911 and rebuilt about 20 years ago. Has all the slides to tune it in C or Bb.
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#9 Post by Griff » Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:54 pm

Bill in Oregon wrote:
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Blaine, that is just so cool. We'd better have a Youtube of you playing that beauty.

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#10 Post by JerryB » Fri Nov 30, 2018 7:12 pm

That's great Blaine, waiting to hear you play. I sure miss the old Brass marching bands.
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#11 Post by 2ndovc » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:10 pm

From one band geek to another, that’s way cool! :D

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#12 Post by BlaineG » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:30 pm

And, like Six said: I can make a few thousand .308 brass out of it. :lol:
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#13 Post by octagon » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:36 pm

Cool. Nothing like a new instrument to encourage a guy to play more.

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Re: Santa Got Me 25 Pounds Of Brass

#14 Post by Ray » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:57 pm

Sometimes in the wee hours of morning when suffering from insomnia, I go out on the porch and play a banjo, guitar, or mandolin.

occasionally from across the hollow, i hear mister nuttall answer back on his euphonium......
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#15 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:29 pm

Man....melt that sucker down, and think how many 32-20 brass you could make... 8)
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#16 Post by marlinman93 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:35 am

Bet the neighbors are excited too! ;)
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#17 Post by BlaineG » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:16 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
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Bet the neighbors are excited too! ;)
They should be grateful I don't play bagpipes.... :twisted:
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#18 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:24 pm

Ray wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Sometimes in the wee hours of morning when suffering from insomnia, I go out on the porch and play a banjo, guitar, or mandolin.

occasionally from across the hollow, i hear mister nuttall answer back on his euphonium......
Ray, that is simply enchanting.

Blaine, do you have any experience with the fiberglass Sousaphones? They must surely have different tonal qualities from ones of brass.

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#19 Post by BlaineG » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:33 pm

Bill in Oregon wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:24 pm
Ray wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:57 pm
Sometimes in the wee hours of morning when suffering from insomnia, I go out on the porch and play a banjo, guitar, or mandolin.

occasionally from across the hollow, i hear mister nuttall answer back on his euphonium......
Ray, that is simply enchanting.

Blaine, do you have any experience with the fiberglass Sousaphones? They must surely have different tonal qualities from ones of brass.
Great to carry on a parade, but the tone suffers a bit. I don't really expect the Helicon to match a 12,000 buck professional-grade tuba.
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#20 Post by Bill in Oregon » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:35 pm

Blaine, not surprised. I found this Youtube of Civil War instruments very interesting.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6QpdhM5tAM

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#21 Post by BlaineG » Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:49 pm

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#22 Post by marlinman93 » Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:01 pm

BlaineG wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:16 pm
marlinman93 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:35 am
Bet the neighbors are excited too! ;)
They should be grateful I don't play bagpipes.... :twisted:
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#23 Post by rossim92 » Mon Dec 03, 2018 5:34 am

BlaineG wrote:
Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:03 pm
I've been wanting one of these for a long time. Got a great Black Friday deal on it.
It's on it's way from England.

5/4 Size
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Bb Helicon (sousaphone)

These were the first iterations of the sousaphone at the end of the 19th Century. Every so often a company will make new ones.
what loads do you have worked up for that brass? :D
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Re: Santa Got Me 25 Pounds Of Brass

#24 Post by Beaker » Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:00 pm

marlinman93 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 3:01 pm
BlaineG wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:16 pm
marlinman93 wrote:
Sun Dec 02, 2018 10:35 am
Bet the neighbors are excited too! ;)
They should be grateful I don't play bagpipes.... :twisted:
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