Posted by Rick Denney on April 12, 2002 at 11:03:51:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Carl Fischer's Artist BBb Tuba posted by Randy Mac Iver on April 12, 2002 at 09:18:33:
These dimensions suggest King to me.
The closest piston diameter I see listed in my Ferree's catalog (which is certainly not comprehensive) is .936" for what is described as a Cleveland Jumbo Bass. That description certainly fits your instrument in other ways, and as I understand it Cleveland instruments were often stencilled with other labels. The tubing diameter is, of course, a standard diameter for most King tubas and sousaphones even to this day.
Your physical description brought to my mind a top-action Jumbo bass-style tuba that a fellow had during a reading session at an Army conference. Sure enough, that instrument was also made by H. N. White.
The good news (perhaps) is that UMI seems to maintain some records of the companies they have absorbed over the years, and someone there may be able to tell you if H. N. White ever produced a tuba for the Carl Fischer label.
Rick "who wonders if anyone has a Cleveland Jumbo Bass for comparison" Denney