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« on: Mar 10, 2017, 05:40PM »

I am looking at a Conn New Wonder tuba, 3 valve in Eb. It is for sale locally - for $35  Amazed

Problem is (and not a small one), not all the valves and valve caps are present. Even then I am thinking of making that small investment and take a chance that I can somehow find parts for it.

Is this a ridiculous assumption? I must be crazy to tackle this.
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« Reply #1 on: Mar 10, 2017, 06:09PM »

Wait for whole one.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 10, 2017, 06:17PM »

I bought a set of aftermarket valve caps for my Eb Conn-Worcester tuba (from Harv's Happy Horns).  They aren't historically accurate (with pearl inlays instead of plain brass) but they work.

If you need actual valve cores you may be SOL.
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 10, 2017, 06:28PM »

 I'm trying to get the other horn he has

If you wind up with the small horn, I have a spare 2nd valve and some valve caps that should work.   I bought a helicon valve section to get a valve from it, so I have the spare valve caps.  I need to figure out what I did with it, but it's here somewhere
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« Reply #4 on: Mar 10, 2017, 06:35PM »

His prices are insanely low, even considering missing parts. The large Eb he is selling looks very decent....especially for $95!  Amazed
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 10, 2017, 06:42PM »

I hope he writes me back.   I already have a 1903 Eb, but it's the small one.  the large one would be nice to have

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« Reply #6 on: Mar 11, 2017, 08:18AM »

I am not pursuing this purchase any longer. Interesting though.
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« Reply #7 on: Mar 11, 2017, 02:45PM »

OK, I bought both horns.   The large horn is nice, very interesting and playable.

the small horn... well... It's junk.   I may not even try to make it playable, and I have the parts around here to do it

The seller gave be a great price if I took both.   $110 for two tubas is a good deal no matter what the condition
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« Reply #8 on: Mar 11, 2017, 09:26PM »

I hope he writes me back.   I already have a 1903 Eb, but it's the small one.  the large one would be nice to have



OK, you can't just post that pic without telling us the story - especially that 5th valve.
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« Reply #9 on: Mar 12, 2017, 05:32AM »

Bought it a few years ago.   Got it cheap because somebody along the way has replaced the 2nd valve with one from an upright tuba,  which fit but the ports didn't line up. 

Found a replacement valve and had it plated to match the wrong one (which was actually used in a restoration)  and I was back in business

Found a 5th valve that had been removed from a yamaha YEB-381, and figured out what parts I would need to make it work on this horn.   Used a clockspring linkage,  and it works great.   That's the short version,  here is the long version with lots of pics

http://forums.chisham.com/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=55317

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« Reply #10 on: Mar 12, 2017, 05:35AM »

Here is a better pic of the valve.   I used a 1903 quarter for the spatula



The horn is actually more silver than it looks in the first picture I posted



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« Reply #11 on: Mar 12, 2017, 12:51PM »

Very ingenious solution. Looks neat too.
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