In 1782, the musical instrument maker Franz Ambros Alexander arrived in Mainz, the world famous town on the River Rhine, were Johannes Gutenberg had invented the art of printing. Franz Ambros was accepted into the trades guild and he founded a new company for the manufacture of fine musical instruments. Today, more than 220 years later, his company Gebr. Alexander is still owned and directed by the descendants of the founder.
Original manufacturing methods for fine orchestral instruments have been modernised over the centuries. Today, modern technology supports traditional methods wherever this improves the quality of an instrument. All improvements on instruments are due to the daily exchange of Alexander with top professional performers worldwide. Latest scientific research in instrument making is regularly evaluated and introduced into the manufacturing process.
“Tradition and Progress” are the basis for the top position of Alexander-Instruments in worldwide comparison. Thousands of letters of gratitude from all over the world are witness for the satisfaction of Alexander customers. Alexander-Horns meet highest expectations. They are used in the best orchestras, in Schools and Universities and by many enthusiastic individuals.
The Alexander 163 CC tuba features 4 rotary valves recently converted to mini-ball linkage system, .807” bore, 16.5” bell, nickel silver slide tubes and bell wreath, main tuning slide kicker and lacquer finish.
Each of our used instruments have been inspected by our professional technicians to ensure they are in good playing condition. Call today for more information.$4200.00 Details
This fine King tuba dates from around 1930, and is in excellent condition for it’s age. The 1240-B was one of the finest basses of the day. King took extra care in the design of the instrument from top to bottom to ensure that it not only sounded great and played well in tune, but also looked striking with its bell-forward design.
This instrument features 3 front-action piston valves, .687” bore, 22” front facing bell and a satin silver finish. It’s a very efficient horn – it feels effortless to play but still produces a big sound!
Each of our used instruments have been inspected by our professional technicians to ensure they are in good playing condition. Call today for more information.$900.00 Details
Butterfield took up tuba in high school. He wanted to play trumpet, but the band director assigned him to tuba instead. After serving in the U.S. Military from 1942-46 he went on to study the instrument at Juilliard School, a prestigious music conservatory in New York.
He started his professional career in the late 1940s playing for the CBS and NBC radio networks. He played in orchestras, including the American Symphony, on albums by Jackie Gleason until he became a full time member at the Radio City Music Hall.
In the 1950s, he switched to jazz, backing such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Frank Sinatra, Charles Mingus, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Jimmy Smith, and Moondog. He fronted his own sextet for a 1955 album on Atlantic Records and played the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival.
In the 1970s he worked as a session musician. He played on recordings for a variety of artists and on television and film soundtracks, including The Godfather Part II.
The Grove dictionary of music calls his playing style, “uncommonly florid, a skill that made him of value as a jazz musician… He was one of the first modern jazz players who, rather than simply marking out the bass line, rediscovered the possibility of bringing to the instrument a facility akin to that of a trumpeter.”
This fine King tuba was custom made for Don Butterfield. It features a 19” bell, 4 top action piston valves, 5 water keys (one for each slide), a custom mounted neck and lacquer finish. It is in excellent condition and plays great!
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This fine Musica tuba was made by the B&S company under the Musica name. It features 4 rotary valves, 14” bell and clear lacquer finish. This tuba really sings in the high range and despite its small size can really bark out the low notes. This would make a great instrument for an aspiring music major who is looking for a bass tuba at a reasonable price.
Call today for more information about this great instrument!$3500.00 Details