Sander, CC tuba, 4 rotary, c.1900

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This is a CC version of the wonderful BBb Sander that is in the feature collection #1363.

At the turn of the 20th century, it was much rarer to encounter a German tuba in CC as opposed to BBb.  German orchestras used BBb tubas almost exclusively.  One proponent of the CC tuba was the legendary August Helleberg.  This titan of the tuba was the leading tubist in the USA from the 1880’s to the 1920’s.  His resume lists time with the New York Philharmonic orchestra, the Chicago Symphony orchestra, and the Metropolitan opera company of New York.  Additionally, he was the featured tubist with the greatest name bands of the time, such as Sousa, Conway, and Goldman.  Helleberg played CC Sander tubas, and it was an instrument very much like this one that Conn persuaded him off of with their rotary tuba, which was similar to the one in the feature collection #200905.

Mr. Simonetti once purchased a CC Sander tuba from Helleberg’s last living son in the 60’s.  He then used that tuba in his professional playing for the next few years.  While it was a fine instrument, it did not compare to its incredible BBb brother, which is also in the feature collection #1363.

Tag #: 01241
Serial #:

Bell Diameter Bore Size Height
17 1/4″ .780″ 35 1/4″


“SANDER / WOLFSTEIN / PFALZ” on bell. No serial number could be located on body of instrument.

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