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!

Saturday, October 15, 2011

More on Necks and Bits...

above: Sousa Necks and Bits - Allied Supply Catalog pg. 75

A while back a posted some photos of Sousaphone necks and bits with some additional information. If you want to revisit this, you can click on this link:

Above is a scan of page 75 from The Allied Supply Catalog. It has photos and tenon dimensions. This page can be helpful to help identify the parts you may have but don't know what they are or if you have mis-matched parts (wrong combination of neck and bits) or what parts you may need if you are missing something. 

Conn bits are completely interchangeable with one another. King bits have to be in a certain order. 1 bit accepts the other and 1 bit accepts the mouthpiece. Other makers like Holton, Jupiter and Selmer have 1 bit that takes the mouthpiece and 1 bit that has a tension screw. I personally prefer the Conn bits (when you can use them) because they are freely interchangeable.

Either way, I think it's pretty neat to see all of them laid out.      

IMPORTANT NOTE: Allied Supply is a wholesaler and you cannot purchase from them directly unless you are a repair outfit. If you need to order any neck or bits, contact me at Wichita Band Instrument Company and I can supply them for you, or visit your local repair shop. 

Thanks to Craig Anderson at Allied Supply for granting permission to use this image!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

New Sousaphone Stuff: Sousa Saver

above: The Sousa Saver

Here is a semi-new item. It's a protector for the bottom bow (or second branch) or your Sousaphone. There are many pads that are similar to this on the market, but this one is different in a very fundamental way: it's INCREDIBLY durable. Unlike the common pads that are vinyl with a foam pad that protect your instrument from scratches and dirt, the Sousa Saver protects your horn from dents. 

It is made from a thick fiber glass shell with a durable coating. It has a foam liner and attaches easily to your Sousaphone with velcro straps.  

If you want some for your Sousaphone section, the coating can be changed to match your school color. 

When I went to college the entire Sousaphone section of the Kansas State University Marching Band used (and still does use) Sousa Savers. They are great for Sousaphone players who play in the stands at football and basketball games. If you have an accident trying to quickly remove your horn between plays, the Sousa Saver can save a bundle on your repairs. 

I honestly think that this is a great product and I have first hand experience using it as a former member of the KSU Marching Band. 

You can purchase these through!

Here are some photos of a sample Sousa Saver:

Here is a photo of a Sousa Saver in action on a King 2350 Sousaphone: