above: yours truly with the Conn "rain catcher"
So the director of the local Shrine Band finally brought in his Conn "rain catcher" Sousaphone. I wonder why they called it that? Hmmm.... (If you missed the irony there, I can't help you...)
This was one of the earlier designs by Conn, before the "recording" bell was introduced. This particular instrument has had some "interesting" repairs. I will take some pictures before I dig into it. I have yet to date it. More information will follow next week. I am waiting to see exactly what the owner would like done to it.
Next week, I will get into the history of this piece including some catalogs and details about this instrument's specs.