The King Symphony model orchestra bass was designed in the 30’s to enable a bass player to easily switch back and forth between a stringed double bass and a tuba. It was designed to be played standing up, and came with its own stand. This short lived instrument went away when tuba/double bass doubling fell out of fashion.
Jack Barnsby with King Symphony model orchestra bass.
In use, the tuba would stand another 2 feet taller, to enable Mr. Barnsby to play standing up!
Tag #: 00856
Serial #: 157201
|Bell Diameter||Bore Size||Height|
|21 3/4″||.750″||65 1/4″, w/o stand|
“KING / MADE BY / THE / H.N. WHITE / CO. / CLEVELAND / OHIO” on bell. Ornate floral design engraved on bell around identificaton marks.