Posted by Charley Brighton on May 26, 2000 at 14:09:52:
Hi from England,
Great to see the pages back again, I really missed them.
I have just purchased a 5 valve B flat euphonium made by Josef Highams of
Manchester England in about 1911.
Its been converted to low pitch, overhauled and repaired by a master, Colin
Jeffreys of Sheffield, yet it only cost £200 !
Its very awkward to hold,valves 4 & 5 press upwards at an awkward angle, their
is some wrap around tubing that sits proud and presses into your chest whilst
As there is no compensating system the extra valve is used to get notes in
tune, and as the 5th.valve is last in line, it has a huge bore, giving quite
thunderous notes in the bottom octave.
Lastly, I had to have the Wick mouthpiece shank shaved down to fit the tiny bore.
I will be performing on this in my next concert and will put pictures up soon.
I would be grateful to hear of any other variants out there.
Best wishes, Charley.