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    My grandfather recently passed, and he was avid/professional Jazz player. He played many instruments, and he left me his brass tuba. I have no idea how old it is, but I know it is indeed quite old (you can tell by looking at it).

    Though I don't plan on selling it now, it may be in option in the future. I or anybody else in the family can't play it and I'm afraid if it stays here it is only destined to collect dust. But, before I try to take it to a pawn shop or put it on ebay, I want to make sure I have a good idea of its worth to avoid getting screwed.

    I've provided you all with some pictures with hopes that someone out there can give me a ballpark price range.

    There is an engraving on the tuba. It reads:

    C.G. Conn - LTD
    Connstellation - U.S.A


    Connstellation may be spelled wrong... it is in cursive and hard to read. The brand of the case is CONN.

    http://img6.imageshack.us/img6/3249/tuba1.png
    http://img27.imageshack.us/img27/4229/tuba2.png
    http://img24.imageshack.us/img24/7486/tuba3.png
    http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/4096/tuba4.png
    http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1976/tuba5.png
    http://img5.imageshack.us/img5/926/tubacase.png

  • #2
    Connstellation should be correct. This was the model used for several of Conn's premier instruments. The trumpets were especially popular, and I believe they had a French Horn as well.

    However, your instrument is not a tuba. It is a euphonium, a similar instrument that isn't tuned nearly as low. As is, its a players instrument. I've got a link for what looks like the same model. I'd contact the Conn Loyalist about value, though because of the shape its likely that it won't be worth much in the way of money.

    http://www.xs4all.nl/~cderksen/Conn24I1963image.html
    Play more bass.

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    • #3
      I'd contact the Conn Loyalist about value, though because of the shape its likely that it won't be worth much in the way of money.


      If you had to estimate a price range, what would it be?

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      • #4
        I'd rather not try to say; I don't play the instrument or know what used prices for them would be. I'd try to get at least $300 if you can.
        Play more bass.

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        • #5
          Your Grandfather who also happened to play jazz also happened to go to westminster where the had a marching band and a euphonium player in a day and age with the use of spray paint ?

          Please return the stolen uphonium.

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          • #6
            Your Grandfather who also happened to play jazz also happened to go to westminster where the had a marching band and a euphonium player in a day and age with the use of spray paint ?

            Please return the stolen uphonium.


            There is no spray paint on that horn that I can see. Lacquer wear.
            Play more bass.

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            • #7
              ^^^agreed
              "If you can't play the blues...you might as well hang it up." - Dexter Gordon

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              • #8
                look at the pictures of the case

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                • #9
                  Standard stuff. I've seen cases 60 years old with the same type of writing. This isn't a stolen tuba. Besides, who would steal a tuba? And THEN post pictures?

                  Seems clean to me.
                  Play more bass.

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                  • #10
                    It looks like a normalDrum core instrument replete with normal school markings. It is also stencilled.

                    He should just return it to the school.


                    Standard stuff. I've seen cases 60 years old with the same type of writing. This isn't a stolen tuba. Besides, who would steal a tuba? And THEN post pictures?

                    Seems clean to me.

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                    • #11
                      No, Drum Crops uses front-facing bugles, this is a standard euphonium. Also the corps tend to keep their horns nice and shiny, and, as sunburst said damn near everybody uses spray paint and stencils on the case.
                      And anyways, why are you so up in arms about this? It's great to be on the lookout for stolen instruments, but you seem to be taking this really personally--it's like you go to Westminster and had your horn stolen or something.
                      "If you can't play the blues...you might as well hang it up." - Dexter Gordon

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                      • #12
                        my geuss would be high school marching band most likely. Most likely a practice instrument. Could also be from a high school orchestra. The thing that burns my ass, as having been a orchestra player, I know how exspensive those instruments are and how difficult it is for most schools to replace them.

                        He should return it to the rightful owner.

                        I am very sure its stolen.

                        No, Drum Crops uses front-facing bugles, this is a standard euphonium. Also the corps tend to keep their horns nice and shiny, and, as sunburst said damn near everybody uses spray paint and stencils on the case.
                        And anyways, why are you so up in arms about this? It's great to be on the lookout for stolen instruments, but you seem to be taking this really personally--it's like you go to Westminster and had your horn stolen or something.

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                        • #13
                          Get over it. You've posted no evidence at all, and if you continue to accuse another person of theft without hard evidence you can take a break.

                          Consider yourself warned.
                          Play more bass.

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                          • #14
                            Just to give another perspective, it could have easily been bought as a school surplus horn at an auction when new instruments were purchased and old were disposed of or where a school closed down. I have purchased (always legally) numerous instruments over the years that had belonged to one school or another. As a band teacher I have also disposed of instruments in this manner so I know of what I speak.

                            While possible that it could have been stolen, it is just as possible that it wasn't stolen.
                            Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;
                            tell of all His wonderful acts.
                            Psalm105:2

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