Sunday, August 14, 2011

Before / In Progress: Conn 14K Sousaphone

above: In progress Conn 14K in satin silver
 (note: click on the photo to enlarge the image)
So here goes another one. Why do I work on a large number of Conn's and King's? Well, it's a pretty simple answer. First, they are very common and plentiful, so I get quite a few of them through the shop. Also, people who keep up with this blog will notice that I have recently posted in-progress or before pictures of a few other horns. It isn't un-common for me to have to juggle multiple projects at once. Priorities change from day to day...

We have a pretty good example here. The damage is typical for most used Sousas of this age. This horn was purchased from someone who reads this blog (thanks Bill!). He claims that the lady face on the bell told him that my company should give him a higher price. We met him in the middle. I believe him...

Here are some more pictures of this horn.

above: dented crooks and 2nd branch


above: The back of the horn, typical damage
  above: top down view
The first step to working on these is to disassemble them and clean them. Even the smallest amount of cleaning can make a world of difference in how they look. The image below has the instrument ONLY being cleaned and having the tarnish removed. It has not yet had any dent work and it hasn't been polished. The valve section had to be removed because it was only being held on by one brace and the solder joint that connects it to the fifth branch. 



  1. Wow! The cleaning makes a huge difference, what is your cleaning regiment?

  2. That's quite a difference Kevin. Do you mostly work on sousaphones?

  3. whats the price on a job like that