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The Custom Mellophone

Don Elliott's original custom mellophone, built c. 1956, is now lost, but it is featured in several photographs, and the serial number is visible as 612xxx.

(Image from eBay)
1956 Mellophone (612xxx)

Around 1959, Conn made another Elliott-style mellophone, but apparently for someone other than Don Elliott. Elliott modified the slides on his horns, but the slides on this horn remain unmodified. It is now in the possession of instrument collector Jeff Stockham.
(Image from Jeff Stockham)
1959 Mellophone (800xxx)

Around 1959, Conn made another mellophone for Don Elliott. This one was not engraved as were the 1957 and 1962 horns.
(Image from Pete Deloe, friend of the family)
1959 Mellophone (827xxx)

Around 1962, Conn made its last custom mellophone for Don Elliott.
(Image from Pete Deloe, friend of the family)
1962 Mellophone (954xxx)

In 2013, instrument repairman Paul Abel converted an old Elkhart mellophone into an Elliott-style custom! He also cleaned and repaired the 1960 and 1962 horns.
(Image from Paul Abel)
Paul Abel's Converted Elkhart Mellophone