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May 1st, 2015 at 5:47am
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I started playing the Tuba at, the age of 14, an old Hawkes and Son. My parents bought me a new Besson 700 (Made by Boosey and Hawkes) on early 1989. While at University I bought a second-hand La Fleur (Boosey and Hawkes import) Tenor Horn. About 2 years ago I bought a 1979 Boosey and Hawkes Regent Cornet.

I started collecting instruments about a year ago.
  

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Reply #1 - May 1st, 2015 at 12:36pm
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Yep, sounds like you've got the bug!
  
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Reply #2 - May 3rd, 2015 at 9:13pm
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Well that's when it started.

I played in a marching band, and decided to buy a second Tuba. After realising just how much one could be. I ended up buying a 1889 Boosey and Co BBb Light Valve Instrument, which had been found in a house clearence. 3 months, later I bought a 1919 Boosey and Co Eb Solbron Tuba, which had been found (a bit battered, and incomplete) in a skip outside a School. After finding out about Joseph Higham's instruments, 2 months ago I bought a c1886 Bb Higham's Tuba (400 mile round trip for it's collection). This had belonged to a person called Pete, who had recently died at the age of 100. He had bought the instrument before World War II, and it is still at High Tone pitch. All three of them are playing again, all have done public performances, but the 1919 Solbron Tuba is currently away having some repair work carried out on it before taking part in Whit Friday at the end of the month.
  

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Reply #3 - May 3rd, 2015 at 9:23pm
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Back in November I bought a Hawkes and Son Tenor Horn. This had been an instrument with issues, but hopefully a change of Valve caps, now should get it playing properly. Also plan to remove the extra tubing and having it playing in High Tone again. Bought a  A. Hall Gisborne Tenor Horn about a month ago. Both probably date from before World War I.

Just bought J Higham's Cornet, manufactured in the 1890's, complete with original case.
  

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Reply #4 - May 4th, 2015 at 3:40am
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OK, what is a skip?

And, you are playing in high pitch bands?  Are there many of those in your area?
  
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Reply #5 - May 4th, 2015 at 7:14am
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A skip is an industrial sized open top container for rubbish.

Boosey and Hawkes, and The Salvation Army were the last to produce High Tone instruments back in 1963. As far as I'm aware there are no bands left playing at hightone. I am very involved with my local Concert band, and we also have a small brass ensamble. Would be nice to create a 4/5 part hight tone Brass group on period instruments.
  

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Reply #6 - May 4th, 2015 at 11:54am
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Griff wrote on May 4th, 2015 at 7:14am:
A skip is an industrial sized open top container for rubbish.

Thanks.  We call them "dumpsters" here.  I hadn't heard "skip" before. 
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Boosey and Hawkes, and The Salvation Army were the last to produce High Tone instruments back in 1963. As far as I'm aware there are no bands left playing at hightone. I am very involved with my local Concert band, and we also have a small brass ensamble. Would be nice to create a 4/5 part hight tone Brass group on period instruments.

Sorry, I mis-interpreted your comment about putting the tenor horn back in high pitch.  I assumed that you were putting back in its original pitch, that you had a ensemble in which to use it.

In this country, the Civil War Bands (I play in one) do play in high pitch period instruments. 
  
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Do you get much interest in the Civil War Bands. I expect it's re-enactments, and things like that.

Been thinking about a similar thing with a Victorian Band feel. The first Bands, Including Black d**e used Higham's instruments in 1854. The were certainly the leading maker in the UK, till Boosey and Besson took over. Using old photographs would be easy to decide on a uniform, go out and play at Victorian Christmas fairs.
  

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Reply #8 - May 5th, 2015 at 1:44am
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On our WEBsite (Wildcat Band, we keep a page of links to other Civil War Band.  There are more out there, but these are the ones that have been around for a while.  (in other words, I should update it, but haven't gotten to it.)

  
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Reply #9 - May 5th, 2015 at 10:03pm
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WOW - Popular in the US then. Maybe were missing something over here then
  

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Reply #10 - Jun 11th, 2015 at 10:52am
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Just completed 7 Whit Friday marches with Skippy. A friend played my A Hall Gisbourne Tenor Horn.

Decided to take Skippy to another instrument repair person, and bought a Besson 8-10 Trumpet while I was there.
  

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