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Dec 7th, 2014 at 3:17am
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It appears that this useful page is still being maintained:
http://www.horn-u-copia.net/Docs/York%20db.html

I own three old Yorks that could be added:

# 11928
Monster Eb tuba. 3TP silver plated.

# 50246
Monster Eb tuba. 3FP silver plated.

# 79724
BBb helicon. 3P silver plated.

Can supply other information if needed - photos, dimensions, logos, etc.
  
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Re: York Tubas
Reply #1 - Dec 7th, 2014 at 7:41pm
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I am maintaining it, and I will be glad to add your tubas.

I will assume that 11928 has the 19 1/2" bell, the "York & Sons" engraving and 3 valves.

I will also assume that 50246 has the 19 1/2" bell, the "York & Sons" engraving and 3 valves.

Because the helicons around 79724 still have the "York & Sons" engraving (and NOT the newer, oval "York" engraving) I will assume that also, along with 3 valves.

All I need is you to confirm or correct these assumptions, and I thank you for the additions!
  

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The Delaware Symphony Orchestra
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Reply #2 - Dec 8th, 2014 at 11:01pm
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pryorphone wrote on Dec 7th, 2014 at 7:41pm:
I am maintaining it, and I will be glad to add your tubas.

I will assume that 11928 has the 19 1/2" bell, the "York & Sons" engraving and 3 valves.

I will also assume that 50246 has the 19 1/2" bell, the "York & Sons" engraving and 3 valves.

Because the helicons around 79724 still have the "York & Sons" engraving (and NOT the newer, oval "York" engraving) I will assume that also, along with 3 valves.

All I need is you to confirm or correct these assumptions, and I thank you for the additions!

Thank you for your efforts!

All correct except that the helicon (78724) has the oval "York Grand Rapids" logo on a 26" bell.

Other notes:
11928 3 Top Pistons has a slightly larger bore than the others at .661". Has the "W" shaped main tuning slide (Low Pitch I believe)

50246 3 Front Pistons has the LP/HP "curly que" before the main tuning slide. Was used in an (outdoor) animated display in an amusement park for at least 30 years. Is now playable again.
  
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Reply #3 - Dec 9th, 2014 at 12:52am
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Was used in an (outdoor) animated display in an amusement park for at least 30 years. Is now playable again.



Good for you!!!
  
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Reply #4 - Dec 9th, 2014 at 3:57pm
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Got it.  Thanks again, and good for saving 50246.
The record will probably be uploaded again at the end of the month.
  

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Reply #5 - Apr 29th, 2015 at 2:22am
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Finally finished up the play condition repairs to the BBb Helicon.

Dent removal, bell turned rightside out (without any cracks, yahoo!!!), new gooseneck, a bit of solder repair and piston alignment.

Plays GREAT!
  
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Reply #6 - Apr 29th, 2015 at 2:53am
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Congratulations.  It does look like fun!
  
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Reply #7 - Oct 30th, 2016 at 7:51pm
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I have no reason why but another Eb Monster followed me home yesterday. This one is from Grand Rapids Musical Instrument Company (made by York).

Engraved:

Made By
Grand Rapids Co.
Grand Rapids Mich

Serial No. 26209

This is identical to my existing York (c. 1905) top action with these exceptions:

1. Has the "standard" bore of .656"
2. Main Tuning Slide is in the lead pipe instead of below valve block.
3. Lacks guard plates on bottom and top bows; has only a guard wire on bottom bow.

Although it has been played a lot, it is in excellent condition with only mild denting and no signs of crushed and repaired bell.

My guess is that it was owned and played by an adult (who apparently loved and cared for it). I acquired it in hopes that I could easily cut it to play in F but that doesn't look feasible so I think I'll just clean it up, re-plate the valves and enjoy it.



  
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Reply #8 - Oct 30th, 2016 at 8:51pm
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I'm glad there are a few other folks out there that still appreciate an Eb bass.  Most younger musicians/directors/players see them as historical relics.
  
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Reply #9 - Nov 17th, 2016 at 3:12am
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kenton wrote on Oct 30th, 2016 at 8:51pm:
I'm glad there are a few other folks out there that still appreciate an Eb bass.  Most younger musicians/directors/players see them as historical relics.

Really nice old horn.





  
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