Antique Musical Instruments/Sousaphone

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I need to raise money for a good cause and a gentleman gave me an old brass/silver sousaphone.  It has an inscription on the bell:
F Jaubert-et-Cie  PARIS
It's a 24" Bell and has a 5 3/4" Collar
Mouthpiece included.  Also, it is in an old, musty case.

Not knowing really how to go about selling it, I was wondering if you had any suggestions.  Can you give me a rough estimate to ask for it?  Any help or advice you can give would be GREATLY appreciated!  
Sincerely,

Janet Mogavero

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This horn has a couple of things against it. Jaubert were durable old imported instruments, but they don't command a lot of respect or interest. In addition I suspect this horn is in the key of Eb which few people play anymore and it may be pitched higher than modern bands play.

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Kenton Scott

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Please note: My area is BRASS instruments, not other wind, string or percussion instruments. I will provide information on antique, obscure and out of production BRASS instruments. 1) Please don't ask for evaluations, I'll not provide them on this site. 2) I am often asked very similar questions, so I'd invite you to first check on Horn-u-Copia.net. Much of the information I have garnered about this topic, I have posted on this WEB site.

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I perform in several historical bands, have informally researched the area, repair brass instruments, and operate a Forum dedicated to the topic at http://horn-u-copia.net

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B.S. Ed, M.S.

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