Brown Mule wrote:Top 5 Tuba brands as follows--------------Graves & Co,Boston, E.G Wright, Brura Keefer of Williamsport,Pa, Allen& Hall of Boston and John F Stratton.
Seriously??? No Distin?
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Oh, he is actually included----Henry Disten sold out to Brura Keefer in 1909---------horns remained very similar until "ole" Brura quit making horns in 1942 or so..
Brown Mule, I think you are old.
Jeff "Just counting the days" Benedict
Among the Tubas that I've played, all BBb, except Eastmann CC, The best brand is King, the second Yamaha and the third is Weril. The Eastman is good to play, but its tuning is deficient. Weril is reasonably to play, but I guess it a little "locked", specily above the low Bb, and its sound projection do not please me. Other chinese brands, I've not liked.
Currently, I am playing a King 1240. I am very pleased.
Modified King 1240: 4 pistons and fixed bell
It's very difficult to whittle down good tubas into "the 5 best brands," which would account for the dangerous levels of sarcasm in this thread. Every manufacturer makes a dog or two, and even then sometimes it's the "dog" that you sound best on. Fwiw, the majority of my studio played on B&S, with a few on Meinl Westons. The answers you get really will also largely change with what size tuba you were considering. But it really does just depend on what sound you want and what tuba you sound best on.
Also remember that a $30,000 tuba won't make any difference from a $500 if the player doesn't use it right.
(Josh, who plays quite happily on a sub-$2,000, nickel-plated B&S that says "Sonora" on the bell.)
Yamaha YEB 321s
Jinbao TU-600 w/ Jones Trigger (arriving soon)
Micro Travel FF (arriving soon)
...and does anyone know what the state of affairs is with Hirsbrunner these days?
Miraphone 291 "Bruckner" CC tuba
Hirsbrunner 6/4 "Yorkbrunner" CC tuba
Yamaha YFB-621 F tuba
Yamaha YBL-622 "Doug Yeo" bass trombone
Yamaha YTR-8445S Xeno C Trumpet
Yamaha YTR-8335RG Xeno Bb trumpet
Carol Bb Pocket Trumpet
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