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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby WC8KCY » Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:57 pm

I own three, which are the only three I've ever owned:
Holton Monster E-flat - satin silver
Martin Indiana E-flat sousaphone - raw brass
Schiller JBBB-520 3/4 BB-flat - lacquer
...has gotten "The Hand" on both tuba and clarinet...
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Schlepporello » Sun Jan 26, 2020 9:16 pm

I currently own 6, but am looking to cull my herd by 2. I've also owned 6 other tubas in the past, so mark me up for having owned 12.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby jasoncatchpowle » Thu Jan 30, 2020 3:06 am

I’ve owned far too many...

Besson 981 Eb
Wilson 3400 Eb
Meinl Weston Thor
Meinl Weston 2250
Meinl Weston 2165
Willson 3200 rotor F
Nirschl York 6/4
B&S symphonie
B&S PT6
Meinl Weston Thor no.2
Meinl Weston 2165 again..
Meinl Weston 45S
Eastman 6/4

I’ve finally found my happy place with the 45S and Eastman. The knot has been tied to those two horns ❤️
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Bnich93 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 1:01 pm

HN White American Standard Eb
B&S PT4 CC
Mirafone 181 F
Hirsbrunner HB50 CC
JP Sterling 377s EEb

Hopefully the current lineup will be my forever lineup.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Tubajug » Sat Feb 01, 2020 2:51 pm

Previously owned:
- Miraphone 186 CC
- Conn 12J
- King 1240
- Bach 869
- Yamaha YBB-103
- Lyon and Healey Eb

Currently own:
- King 2341 (with Holton Monster Eb bell)
- H. N. White King Eb (being converted to front action with 5 valves)
- Martin Medium Eb helicon
- Conn 14K sousaphone (in pieces)

I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the sousaphone. I might just fix it up and use it, or turn it into a helicon, but having two for the little amount of playing I do is probably unnecessary.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby KingBassTrombone » Sat Feb 01, 2020 10:40 pm

I've had the following tubas enter and leave my herd, in chronological order from first tuba to most recently acquired.

Buescher Eb helicon
Besson 221 BBb recording bell 3v non-comp
H.N.White 1235 Eb fixed recording bell
King 2341 old-style upright bell
C.G.Conn BBb helicon
Couesnon BBb
Conn 26K with King 4v block
Conn 20J

I still own the 26K, the Conn helicon, and the 20J. Total count: 8
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Rick Denney » Sun Feb 02, 2020 1:50 am

Lessee...

Besson Stratford, traded for a valve trombone, in turn traded for:
Musica 4-valve F tuba, also traded away.
Sanders SM1314U—really a Cerveny 4-valve Bb 4/4. It and the Musica were traded for:
Miraphone 186, which I played for many years, but eventually traded it in.
Yamaha YFB-621 F tuba, the reason I no longer needed the Musica.
Vespro 4/4 Bb—made by VMI right after reunification, sold to a Baptist church after getting the 186 overhauled.

I owned only the Miraphone and the Yamaha for about a decade.

York Master Bb, B&M-made, great tuba that helped me cross a bridge. For sale but I’m not giving it away.
Conn 20J, just because. Came and went.
Holton BB-345. Great tuba for stages with shells, which I never play on. Not for sale. Bloke is right.
Conn 14K, just because. Hangs on the wall. Another one on the porch.
B&S Symphonie 5-valve F tuba, sold to fund:
B&S Symphonie-style 6-valve F tuba—my daily quintet horn.
Hirsbrunner HBS-193. What I traded my 186 (plus a lot of cash) for.

Projects:
Missenharter Eb chopped into almost F, nickname “Solder Practice”.
Martin fiberglass tuba that Art Hovey still grumbles about me buying, not without justification. It’s my old-age tuba. Or that’s the idea.

So, the current stable of regulars includes the Hirsbrunnner and the B&S, with the Holton and the Yamaha for when I need a change.

That totals 16, of which I still have half.

And then there are the two trombones, an Olds Ambassador and a Conn 48H. And a Besson New Standard euphonium.

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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby vespa50sp » Sun Feb 02, 2020 11:06 am

Old thread, but I'll play. I always played on school horns and community band horns until I was 40 then:
- Besson 700 Bb (sold)
- Lyon and Healy Chicago Siver Piston Eb Helicon (for sale soon)
- LaSete Cold War German Eb (cranky, but sounds nice)
- Conn 28k Sousa (for sale soon)
- Conn 12j (sold)
- Conn 14k Sousa (sold)

Now that I'm retired and the kids are out of the house, I've given myself permission to buy something nice after I clean out the herd. I think I need to actually try out a bunch before I make a decision. Usually I've bought them sight unseen. In the meantime, I'll just play the LaSete.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby bort » Sun Feb 02, 2020 12:20 pm

How many?

One less than I'm about to...
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby DannyEldredTuba » Thu Feb 06, 2020 1:25 pm

I’ve owned 6 tubas in my life, I only have two now.

My first tuba was a 4 valve BBb Carl Wunderlich that my mother purchased at a yard sale. They thought it was a euphonium and we bought it for $300. It was a terrible tuba and was extremely hard to play. When I started my undergrad I traded it in and bought a Miraphone 1295. This was also a terrible tuba. Anything below a G was almost impossible to play. It was the first tuba where my instructor said “you have to get a new tuba” a couple years later I traded that for a Meinl Weston 2145. I loved this horn so much, it was beautiful, intonation was spot on, low register was perfect. I was walking to my lesson in Baltimore and I got hit and fell backwards on it. It completely crushed. I luckily had Insurance on it and was able to get my current CC tuba, MW 5450 Thor. For F I bought a Meinl Weston 45SLP which was the easiest F tuba I’ve ever played. The low register was insanely easy for an F tuba. The only problem was I am a very heavy player and it did not sound anything like an F tuba when I played it. I traded that in for a B&S PT-10 which I still currently play. I think it has all the best parts of the 45SLP with out the heavy ness. But the low register is definitely not as good as the 45SLP.

TLDRL:
Carl Wunderlich BBb
MIraphone 2195 CC
Meinl Weston 2145
Meinl Weston 45SLP
Meinl Weston 5450 Thor (currently own)
B&S PT-10 (currently own)
MW 5450 Thor
B&S PT-10
JZ Euphonium
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby deputysgttuba » Fri Feb 07, 2020 6:19 pm

Not many in almost fifty years of playing;
Mahillion F
Reynolds BBb converted from recording bell to upright.
Bohm & Meinl “Symphonic” CC
B&S PT-20P CC.
I wouldn’t mind an extra smaller CC as a spare....
B & S PT-20P - Huss and Dalton CM acoustic cutaway guitar
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Timswisstuba » Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:00 am

About 100 for me.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby kingrob76 » Wed Feb 12, 2020 11:05 am

Owned:

Cerveny Piggy
Miraphone 188
Yamaha 321 Eb
Kalison Pro 2000
Yamaha 621 F
Getzen CB-50
Miraphone 1291

Presently own:

Wessex Chicago Presence

That's about 35 years of instruments. In the case of the CC tubas I've always replaced one with another, and only the Piggy and the 1291 were brand new horns.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby bloke » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:15 pm

I just realized that from the latter 1980's to around 2003 I ONLY owned a B&S F tuba...with the exception of a very leaky 3V helicon, which also disappeared. :shock:

I borrowed a not-particularly-easy-to-play-in-tune (will not mention the make/model, just in case I ever find myself flipping one :P ) C tuba to - on a lark - audition (semi-finalist...That counts in horseshoes, yes?...but - well - I wasn't even a "leaner", so...) for the job awarded to Ed Jones in Fort Worth, then decided that maybe (??) I should get a (decent) C tuba...which is when I built the Buescher helicon in C, as its pre-test intonation characteristics were so promising.

This was my "goodbye" (proof of no damage prior to shipping) picture from last summer:

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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby bort » Wed Feb 12, 2020 12:24 pm

I think I can connect the dots and remember which unnamed CC tuba you're talking about (after 45,000+ posts, not a lot of secrets remaining! :)). All that just to say... I didn't realize you built the CC helicon THAT long ago.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby Schlepporello » Fri Feb 14, 2020 7:49 pm

OK, you can add another to my count. I just bought this at TMEA and yes, it has a few tiny dings around certain areas. It was one of their floor models. And yes, I could have easily waited and ordered it "brand new in the box". Having played this one though, I was quite pleased with the way it played and did not wish to run the risk of ordering one just to have it perform poorly.
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Shout out to Jonathan and Ucle Beer, They were gracious hosts at their booth and I would have gladly ordered their "Mighty Midget". It was a long, hard struggle to decide, The Mighty Midget has a far superior bag, the paddles are engraved, I loved the main tuning slide and the horn is smaller and less bulky. The position of the bell on the Zo makes the horn just that much easier for me to hear and the larger bore size was also a deciding factor. And if Jonathan and Carl had been willing to l to let me walk out of TMEA with the Wessex horn in hand today, I still would have walked out with the Zo. My hat still goes off to these guys though and were I looking to buy a larger horn from them, I would gladly make the drive to Dallas to give Uncle Beer a visit. The 3-piston, 1 rotor valve horn they brought barked ever so loudly. THAT would be a serious contender for me.
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Re: So how many Tubas have YOU owned?

Postby That1TubaGuy » Sat Feb 22, 2020 12:23 pm

Only one, my Kalison Daryl Smith and it has done wonders since I have got it.
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