Ed Kruspe Erfurt Oval Euphonium

This Ed Kruspe Euphonium, made in Erfurt Germany, stands as one of my most rare instruments, a true piece of artwork. Crafted entirely from ultra-thin red brass (known as “Kruspe Brass,” a renowned alloy of copper, silver, and other metals) and high-quality German silver, this instrument showcases exquisite craftsmanship. Each component is meticulously hand-bent, and every piece of tubing is rolled and seamed with precision. Even the rotary valve casings are crafted from seamed nickel silver, highlighting the attention to detail in this horn.

What makes this euphonium truly exceptional are its intricate features. It boasts hand engraving on the rim kranz and valves, handmade adjustable gears for valve tension, and exceptional tubing pieces. Moreover, being a large bore instrument that accommodates a standard Morse taper mouthpiece adds to its versatility and appeal.

Due to its thin metal construction, this euphonium is surprisingly lightweight, allowing you to feel the resonance of every note as you play. The illustration provided is from an Ed Kruspe catalog dating back to circa 1930, although I believe this instrument to be older likely from the early 1920s.