Carl Fischer's Artist BBb Tuba

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Posted by Randy Mac Iver on April 11, 2002 at 16:13:33:

Hello to all,
I could use some help from anyone that would help me identify a date of manufacture or source from which this tuba comes. Here are the details:
On the Bell it reads:
Carl Fischer's
New York

Key: BBb
Bell: 18 inch
Height: 35 inches
Bore at 2nd valve .8125
silver plate finish

This horn has leaf type scrolling on all of the brace plates and bow gaurds it also has a blade on the bottom bow gaurd. It is a three valve top loader with the tuning slide in the lead pipe. The pistons have the leaf scrolling on the grip parts of the valve caps and the cork for the piston is on the out side of the valve cap at the top. The pistons are numbered 1st(4) 2nd (5) 3rd (6). I did a breif search on the Historical Brass Instruments web page and the only thing I found so far is a similar valve type with a 1900 J. Hingham BBb Helicon and also similar piston and slide make up of a Boston Musical Instrument Manfy 3 valve Eb Tuba of 1900. If anyone could help me out with this big gem I would be most grateful. Is there a web site to track down Carl Fischer horn?
Thanks for your time and as soon as I get a picture I will post some how.
Randy Mac Iver

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