From The H. N. White's Company's earliest days, they made the finest low brass instruments on the market and led the way in innovation and quality. The H. N. White Company made the following brands: King, American Standard, and Cleveland basses. The H. N. White Company made all of its own Silver Basses and did not stencil any for other companies (that I know of).

This page is designed to show the first known year of production (based on my catalogs) and any changes that are made over the production cycle of the instruments including model numbers and any unique specifications.

Serial Numbers

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Helicon Basses

King Rotary Valve Symphony Model Orchestra Bass

Small & Medium Size King Eb Basses

King Eb & BBb Monster Basses

Symphony Model Eb, BBb and CC Basses

Sousaphones

 

 

 

1919 King Eb & BBb Helicon Basses

Specifications: BBb

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 49 Inches

Weight: 22.5 Ibs.

Width of circle: 30 Inches

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #320...Brass highly polished. #321...Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

King BBb: #325...Brass highly polished. #326...Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell. Extra fourth valve available.

 
 
1924 King Eb & BBb Helicon Basses

Specifications: BBb

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 49 Inches

Weight: 20 Ibs.

Width of circle: 31 Inches

 

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1225...Brass highly polished. #1226...Same as 1225, but with extra fourth register valve.

King BBb: #1230...Brass highly polished. #1231...Same as 1230, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1932 King Eb & BBb Helicon Basses

Specifications: BBb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 49 Inches

Weight: 20 Ibs.

Width of outside circle: 31 Inches

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1225...Brass highly polished. #1226...Same as 1225, but with extra fourth register valve.

King BBb: #1230...Brass highly polished. #1231...Same as 1230, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
By 1930 the Helicon was already a rare instrument and it is possible that The H. N. White Company did not make any past that year, but just sold out it's inventory.

1934 King Rotary Valve Symphony Model Orchestra Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 66 Inches

Weight: 22 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

King Bbb #1280...Four rotary valves.

Note: Five finish options available.

 
 
1936 King Rotary Valve Symphony Model Orchestra Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 66 Inches

Weight: 22 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

King Bbb #1280...Four rotary valves.

Note: Five finish options available.

 
Production of the Rotary Valve Symphony Model Orchestra Bass ended in 1940.

 

1911 King Eb Medium Bass

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 15 Inches

Length: 31.5 Inches

Weight: 14 Ibs.

Width at Mouthpipe: 15 Inches

Model Numbers:

#287...Brass highly polished.

#288...Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

Note: No Small Eb Basses were found in the 1911 Catalog.

 
 
1919 King Eb Small & Medium Basses

Specifications: Small Eb

Bell Diameter: 14 Inches

Length: 30 Inches

Weight: 10 Ibs.

Width at Mouthpipe: 15 Inches

Model Numbers:

King Small Eb: #288...Top Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #288.5 Side Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #289...Top Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell. #289.5 Side Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

King Medium Eb: #293...Top Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #293.5 Side Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #294...Top Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell. #294.5 Side Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

 
1924 King Eb Small & Medium Basses

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 14 Inches

Length: 29 Inches

Weight: 11 Ibs.

Width at Valves: 13.5 Inches

Model Numbers:

King Small Eb: #1200...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1201...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves.

King Medium Eb Basses

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1932 King Eb Small Basses

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .620

Bell Diameter: 14 Inches

Length: 29 Inches

Weight: 11 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King Small Eb: #1200...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1201...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves.

King Medium Eb Basses

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1938 King Eb Small & Medium Basses

Specifications: Small Eb

Bell Diameter: 14 Inches

Length: 29 Inches

Weight: 11 Ibs.

Width at Valves: 13.5 Inches

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King Small Eb: #1200...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1201...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves.

King Medium Eb: #1205...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1206...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
With the start of World War II the King line of Small & Medium basses were retired, never to return again.

1911 King Eb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 35 Inches

Weight: 16 Ibs.

Width at Mouthpipe: 18 Inches

Model Numbers:

#290...Brass highly polished.

#291...Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

Shown in the 1911 Christmas catalog.

 
 
1919 King Eb & BBb Monster Basses

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: Depends on Valve Action

Weight: Depends on Valve Action

Width at Mouthpipe: Depends on Valve Action

Model Numbers:

King Eb & BBb: #290...Top Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #290.5 Side Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #291...Top Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell. #291.5 Side Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

King BBb: #300...Top Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #300.5 Side Action Valves, Brass highly polished. #301...Top Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell. #301.5 Side Action Valves, Silver plated, satin finish, barnished bell.

 
1924 King Eb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 34 Inches

Weight: 16 Ibs.

Width at Valves: 16.5 Inches

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1210...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1211...Same as 1210, but with extra fourth register valve. #1212...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1213...Same as 1212, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1924 King BBb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 35 Inches

Weight: 18 Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

Model Numbers:

King BBb: #1215...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1216...Same as 1215, but with extra fourth register valve. #1217...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1218...Same as 1217, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: This catalog page includes model numbers and information on the rare King CC Basses but no pictures.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1932 King Eb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 34 Inches

Weight: 16 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1210...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1211...Same as 1210, but with extra fourth register valve. #1212...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1213...Same as 1212, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1932 King BBb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 35 Inches

Weight: 18 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King BBb: #1215...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1216...Same as 1215, but with extra fourth register valve. #1217...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1218...Same as 1217, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1938 King Eb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 34 Inches

Weight: 16 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1210...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1211...Same as 1210, but with extra fourth register valve. #1212...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1213...Same as 1212, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1938 King BBb Monster Bass

Specifications:

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 35 Inches

Weight: 18 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King BBb: #1215...Side Action Model, bell to the left, three valves. #1216...Same as 1215, but with extra fourth register valve. #1217...Top Action Model, bell to the right, three valves. #1218...Same as 1217, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1940 King BBb & CC Monster Bass with Rotary Valves

Specifications: #1291

Bore at Valves: .750

Bell Diameter: 24 Inches

Length: 48 Inches

Weight: 31.5 Ibs.

Built in both low and high pitch

Model Numbers:

King BBb: #1285...Fixed Bell, three valves. #1286...Fixed Bell, four valves. #1290...Detachable Front Bell, three valves. #1291...Detachable Front Bell, four valves.

King CC: #1292...Detachable Front Bell, three valves. #1293...Detachable Front Bell, four valves.

Note: Seven finish options available.

 
With the start of World War II the King line of Monster basses were retired, never to return again, although there were a few custom orders placed after WWII which would qualify as "Monsters".

1924 King Symphony Eb, BBb, & CC Basses

Specifications: BBb

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 45.5 Inches

Weight: 21+ Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

Model Numbers:

Symphony Eb: #1235...Upright Model, three valves. #1236...Same as 1235, but with extra fourth register valve. Symphony BBb: #1240...Upright Model, three valves. #1241...Same as 1240, but with extra fourth register valve. Symphony CC: #1245...Upright Model, three valves. #1246...Same as 1245, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
 
1932 King Symphony Eb, & BBb Basses

Specifications: Eb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 45 Inches

Weight: 18+ Ibs.

Built in low pitch only.

Model Numbers:

Symphony Eb: #1235...Upright Model, three valves. #1236...Same as 1235, but with extra fourth register valve.

Symphony BBb: #1240...Upright Model, three valves. #1241...Same as 1240, but with extra fourth register valve.

 
1940 King Symphony Eb Basses

Specifications:

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Length: 44.5 Inches

Weight: 17 Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

 

Model Numbers:

Symphony Eb: #1235-B...Medium Size Eb Bass, side action model, bell to the left for player. #1237-B...Medium Size Eb Bass, top action, bell to the right of player.

Note: Detachable bell is option and seven finish options were available.

 
1940 King Symphony BBb, & CC Basses

Specifications: BBb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 45.5 Inches

Weight: 21+ Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

Model Numbers:

Symphony BBb or CC: #1240-B...Three valves, side action model. #1242-B...Same os 1240, top action. Both can be ordered with extra valve.

Note: Detachable bell is option and seven finish options were available.

 
1946 King Symphony BBb, & Eb Tubas

Specifications: BBb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 45.5 Inches

Weight: 21+ Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

Model Numbers:

Symphony BBb: #1240-B...Three valves. Symphony Eb: #1235-B...Same os 1240.

Note: Three finish options were available. In 1949 the Eb model was dropped from production.

 
1958 King Symphony BBb Tuba

Specifications: BBb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Length: 45.5 Inches

Weight: 21+ Ibs.

Width at Valves: 17 Inches

Model Numbers:

Symphony BBb: #1240...Three valves. Symphony BBb: #1241...Four valves.

Note: Three finish options were available.

 
The King Symphony model Tuba remained unchanged until the company was sold in 1965.

1924 King Symphony BBb Sousaphone

Specifications:

Height to Rim: 55 Inches

Bell Diameter: 22 Inches

Weight: 22+ Ibs.

Model Numbers:

King BBb: #1250...Symphony BBb Sousaphone, three valves. #1251...Symphony BBb Sousaphone, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
 
1924 King Regular Eb & BBb Sousaphones "Bell-up"

Specifications: Eb

Height to Top: 55.5 Inches

Bell Diameter: 20 Inches

Weight: 19 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

King Eb: #1255...Regular Eb Model, three valves. #1256...Same as #1255, but with extra fourth register valve. King BBb: #1257...Regular BBb Model, three valves. #1258...Same as #1257, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 

 
1928 King Jumbo Sousaphone

Specifications:

Height to Rim: 68 Inches

Bell Diameter: 32 Inches

Weight: 40 Ibs.

1928 Jumbo BBb Sousaphone Model 1265 was added.

Unknown Start of Production and End.

 
1932 King Giant, Cadet. Standard BBb & Eb Sousaphones

Specifications: Giant BBb

Bore at Valves: .750

Height to Rim: 61 Inches

Bell Diameter: 28 Inches

Weight: 30 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

King Giant Sousaphone BBb: #1270...Regular three valve. #1271...Same as 1270, but with extra fourth register valve. King Cadet Sousaphone: #1247...Regular three valve. #1248...Same as 1247, but with extra fourth register valve. King Standard Sousaphone BBb: #1250...Regular three valve. #1251...Same as #1250, but with extra fourth register valve. King Standard Sousaphone Eb: #1260...Regular three valve. #1261...Same as #1260, but with extra fourth register valve.

Note: Six finish options available.

 
1938 King Giant, Standard BBb & Eb Sousaphones

Specifications: Giant BBb

Bore at Valves: .750

Height to Rim: 61 Inches

Bell Diameter: 28 Inches

Weight: 30 Ibs.

 

Model Numbers:

King Giant Sousaphone BBb: #1270...Regular three valve. #1271...Same as 1270, but with extra fourth register valve. King Standard Sousaphone BBb: #1250-A...Regular three valve. #1250-B...Same as #1250-A, but with extra fourth register valve. King Standard Sousaphone Eb: #1260...Regular three valve. #1261...Same as #1260, but with extra fourth register valve.

1940 Majestic Model BBb #1247 (No picture)

 
1946 King BBb & Eb Sousaphones

Specifications: BBb

Bore at Valves: .687

Bell Diameter: 26 Inches

Weight: 26 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

Sousaphone BBb: #1250-A...Three valves. Sousaphone Eb: #1260...Three valves.

Note: Three finish options were available.

 
1963 King BBb & Eb Sousaphones

 

 

Model Numbers:

Sousaphone BBb: #1250...Three valves. Sousaphone Eb: #1260...Three valves.

Note: Three finish options were available.

 
1963 BBb King Fiberglass Sousaphone
N/A

Specifications: BBb

Weight: 18.5 Ibs.

Model Numbers:

Sousaphone BBb: #1280...Three valves

 
The King BBb and Eb Sousaphones remained unchanged until the company was sold in 1965.

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