Additional Information: This is a great vintage sousaphone! Overall it is in really good shape. It has been sitting for a while and needs some clean up. By our estimation we believe that it likely has 80-85% remaining of the silver finish. We did clean up quickly around the engraving and it polished up very easily. The third valve tuning slide has tape over the water key hole as the cork needs to be replaced. The cork on the main tuning slide water key is still intact but is older so you may wish to replace it as well. We did note that there are a couple of braces that need to be re-soldered and there is a patch on the second valve tuning slide. The valve finger buttons are replacement matching Conn lacquered finger buttons instead of silver. The instrument plays well and it has a big Conn sound that you would look for in a 20K with that big bore. Once cleaned up and pc’d this should be a beautiful looking and sounding sousaphone!
Instrument Condition: The overall physical condition of this used instrument is Good.
Dents: Some dents and dings.
Playing Condition: This instrument is currently in Good playing condition.
The Finish: It has approximately 80-85% of the silver finish and it does have a lot of tarnish on it so it is hard to tell.
Player Wear: Light general wear (possible light surface scratches and/or minor dents and dings).
Valve Condition: All the valves are in good working condition and some of the tuning slides are stuck. Only the main tuning slide is loose.
Valve Information: The valve finger buttons are replacement Conn finger buttons and they are lacquered not silver.
Lead Pipe Condition: Light general wear (possible light surface scratches and/or minor dents and dings).
Body Condition: Good.
Metal Condition: There is a patch on the second valve tuning slide.
Outside Body Bow Condition: Has a light dent in the outside bow with a small ding (See Pics).
The Bell: Minor dents and dings and minor bell edge damage (See Pics).
Bell Dent Removal/Repair: No evidence.
The Bottom Bow: Has a light dent in the bow guard with a small ding (See Pics).
Re-soldered: There are a couple of braces that need to be re-soldered. One is from the third valve tuning slide to the outside body on the tuning slide side. The other is from the main tuning slide to the inside wrap on the wrap side. One of the bow guards is slightly separated from the body and may potentially need a re-solder.
Overall Height from bow to top of the bell Approximately: 55 inches.
Bell Diameter Approximately: 26 inches.
The Mouthpiece: No mouthpiece, gooseneck, or bits are included Please note, this instrument will not play without them and will need to be purchased separately. (we used one of our stock goosenecks to test it) we do not have a gooseneck in stock.
Stand Not Included: If a stand is pictured it is not included.
The Case: No Case is included.
Engraving: Made-By C.G. Conn LTD. Elkhart-Ind. U.S.A. (with the Naked Lady Cleavage engraving on the bell) 20K (at the bell tenon).