Posted by pdonoh on November 28, 1999 at 21:12:42:
In Reply to: C.G.Conn 38K Sousaphone posted by Steve N. on November 26, 1999 at 13:52:12:
None of the experts have answered your question, so I'll chime in. The 38k can be thought of as the predecessor to the 20k, the major difference being the 20k has short action valves and it is still being made today. A nicely restored 20k is around $2500. A playable beater is $1,000 or less. Your horn is rarer. If you were trying to sell it and could find someone looking for a 38k it would be worth a few hundred more than the 20k in comparable condition. However, I think you should play it and you will soon realize all other kinds of sousaphones should get in line behind you, because none will sound as good.