Tag #: 201501
Serial #: 3163
Bell Diameter: 27.5″
Bore Size: .850″
Comments: “LYON HEALY/INSPIRATION” on bell. Floral engraving around identification marks.
Has one of the largest (if not the largest) piston valve bore sizes in the collection compared to our Couesnon tuba and our Conn sousaphone.
Dave Detwiler said:
To my knowledge, the first bell front Sousaphone was produced by Conn in 1908, so I doubt your date of 1904 is correct. But if you can verify the appearance of a front-facing bell before 1908, I’d love to hear about it!
Hi Dave! According to this serial number list on Horn-u-Copia.com, it is between 1903-1904. http://www.horn-u-copia.net/serial/LHlist.html If you have any other information regarding the year they were made, please email us at email@example.com. Look forward to hearing more! Thanks. – Aiyana (collection curator)