Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Before photos: H.N. White King Sousaphone

This one is a doozy, but I think it will come together well in the end. It has been abused and poorly repaired in the past with gobs and smears of old solder left on the instrument. Much of the silver plating has been worn away, but after some TLC and replacing wrong parts with actual King parts, this horn should look and play like a million bucks. 

I will tear it down and begin cleaning it today. Let's go!


  1. Do you know about how much they are worth? I also have one it has the 22 in bell, the serial # is in the 113000's. I believe its from 1924-1930 I recently purchased it from someone. and got some repairs done to it. i just wanted to see out of curiosity how much the normally go for.

  2. Oscar -

    It's hard to say. In my opinion value is determined by condition, finish and the instrument's provenance.

    If the instrument is a very clean example with a clean original finish that wasn't played very much then it could be very valuable.

    This is probably not the case though. Those instruments exist but they are very few and far between.

    I would have to see the instrument to discuss financial value. I can tell you from my own personal experience that old King Sousas are great players...and that's all the value I need.