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VMI euphoniums ..are they a good buy?

Postby oldbandnerd » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:12 pm

Does VMI make a good quality horn ( 4 valve intermediate ) for the money ? Please spare me all the rehtoric about how Yamaha, Besson , Bach .etc. make the best horns . I already know of their quality. I am on a budget . While I could afford one of the better horns ,can I do just as well with a VMI or maybe even a Weril ? They are much cheaper . I am only a fair musician and am playing in a community concert band and a low brass quintet . Can anybody give me some good advice here ?
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Postby PhilW. » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:15 pm

I have heard from more than a few musicians that the VMI euphonium is cheaper and better than a Yamaha 321. Never played one myself, though.
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Postby LV » Wed Dec 22, 2004 9:56 pm

PhilW. wrote:I have heard from more than a few musicians that the VMI euphonium is cheaper and better than a Yamaha 321. Never played one myself, though.


Yes, especially if you aren't bothered by pitch and tone. 8)
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Postby wnazzaro » Thu Dec 23, 2004 1:19 pm

I have a Weril euph and find it works quite well. I am a tubist first, however, so your mileage may vary.
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Postby treddle » Fri Dec 31, 2004 12:31 am

How do you get four baritone players in tune?

Kill three of them...

Never had a chance to play a VMI. I did pickup a decent school grade conn at a local shop. The price was cheap.
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Postby elimia » Fri Dec 31, 2004 12:37 am

Search on Weril euph threads on the board. I was on a tight budget too and bought the Weril, which I enjoy very much. Before I bought my current horn I bought and sent back a VMI horn (Allora). Junk. Don't do it. Call Baltimore Brass and talk to them about the Weril. It's cheaper than the VMI horn too.
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Postby Alex F » Fri Dec 31, 2004 12:03 pm

I've been playing a VMI 3171 euph for the last ten months. I bought it from WWBW after a long discussion with Roger Lewis and my teacher. This is a very well made euph which sells for a reasonable price. My teachers has played it several times and said that it sounds better than several compensating euphs that he has played - he plays a YEP-321. He recommends it to his other students, along with the Weril.

Happy New Year all.
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Postby elimia » Fri Dec 31, 2004 5:24 pm

The Allora I played (made by VMI) was junk. Tuning problems galore. I can't speak beyond that particular model.
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