Posted by bloke on January 01, 2004 at 02:57:18:
In Reply to: Re: Conn - vs. Besson- sousaphone posted by Consider a Reynolds! on December 31, 2003 at 20:55:21:
The Olds/Reynolds valve section was very similar to King...almost interchangable valves with King...
The BODY branches on the Olds/Reynolds were larger than "standard" King...about like a Conn 14K.
Olds/Reynolds (defunct) are good brass sousaphones...similar sound to 14K with a bit more resistance. The fiberglass versions' braces were too flimsy...not as bad as, but similar to, Jupiter bracing.