Target #1 – E-flat Bass Saxhorn

E-flat Bass Saxhorn – $6,500

Hi Friends,
Cribbs bass tallA fellow Civil War bandsman in Pennsylvania is selling his E-flat Bass Saxhorn at a GREAT price! This beautifully restored horn is of the Over-The-Shoulder (OTS) type so common among period bands. The seller still played the horn as of last year, and from the photos you can tell that there are no major dents, and that the patina has been buffed.

The E-flat Bass Saxhorn is the foundation instrument of the Civil War brass band, and has the lowest range. In today’s modern bands we replace the bass saxhorn with the tuba.

As with all Civil War period brass, the size and shape of the instrument’s tubing and the thickness and alloy of the metal are quite different from modern horns. To truly recreate the look and sound of the Civil War band 1st Nebraska needs to purchase these kinds of instruments.

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Won’t you help us purchase this fine instrument for our band. 1st Nebraska is a 501c3 public charity and donors are eligible for tax deductions. You can donate with PayPal or credit card on our gofundme page

Please help!


alto player1st Nebraska Volunteers Brass Band, a Civil War reenactment band based in Omaha, has immediate openings on E-flat Alto Horn.

Alto Horn plays vital harmonic rhythm parts and occasional melody lines in our authentic Civil War era music. The mouthpiece is slightly larger than a standard trumpet mouthpiece, but the notes read just like regular trumpet music and the fingerings are the same.

1st Nebraska owns both the instrument and uniforms, so getting started in a reenactment group is relatively cost free.

1st Nebraska performs in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa for Civil War events, civic and patriotic events, community festivals, and public service occasions. We are presently in rehearsals for our 2016 program and have some dates already scheduled.

If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Bill Hall, Leader, at 402.575.8220 or

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