This is an old Martin body with a Walter Nirschl valve section that was purchased new in 1998 and a detachable upright bell from a Buescher helicon. The original recording bell is also included. (See more photos below.) My father found it back in the early 1930s and purchased it after having his teacher (Lucas DelNegro) check it out. He used it for about 60 years, including some time in the early 1950s when he was studying with William Bell, on the GI bill. After I inherited the tuba in 1997 I rebuilt it with the Nirschl valve section and a Bohm & Meinl leadpipe. I used it in concert bands for the next 20 years. Much of the original silver plating is gone, but the body is not banged up; that indicates that it was loved and cared for. It's still a great tuba, but was becoming too heavy for me to manage at my present age. I also made a case for the body out of my college footlocker, and used it for bus rides to Carnegie Hall, but did not get around to making cases for the two bells. It's in BBb; Not the Mammoth, but bigger than a King. (Sold)


Making Valve-Button Extenders to make the instrument fit a human hand..

Making a Support for my heavy Frankentuba...