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Postby Stryk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 3:34 pm

The more I see of them, the more I love them. Could we use this thread for posting Frankenporn?
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby bigbob » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:19 pm

Sure.. How about this one it's supposed to be his first CC in 6/4.......just waiting for Canada to call<s>
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby bort » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:25 pm

tstryk wrote:Frankenporn?


Now THERE'S a word you don't want to Google. :P

I've never seen a Gnagey tuba I didn't like! I *almost* bought one sight unseen instead of my Mirafone 188. Love the Mirafone, but still SO curious about the Gnagey... after all, Mirafone has made more than a few 188's. Gnagey has made only a few, period!
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby Stryk » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:35 pm

I have lusted after every Gnagey I have seen - to me, they are works of art. Of course I am a fan of older or older looking horns - not new bright beautiful ones. Frankentubas seem to have a soul.
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:50 pm

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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby skeath » Wed Feb 27, 2013 8:06 pm

I was recently at a rehearsal at a high school, with my Gnagey Holton-King 4/4, and was asked to briefly play a new school tuba, a Yamaha BBb (rotary valves, don't know the model). It played alright, spoke easily, did not have the horrible high G they had years ago. Easy to play, good valves. Then I went back to my Gnagey, and was astonished by the room-filling sound it had, compared to the pea-shooter. I realized how spoiled I have become, playing a tuba that can, if required, lay waste to a large ensemble without breaking a sweat.

If you've never played one of these, you should find someone near you and offer to bring the beer (I prefer dark beer, preferably Czech; none of this Budweiser/Miller swill). :twisted:

Only two other people have ever played mine, and both had the same response after just one note: Wow! :shock:

They are beefy horns, and take a back seat to nobody.

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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:22 pm

Correct me if I'm wrong, but that Gnagey has a smaller valve set than the Yamaha?
Could it possibly be a simple comparison between more general size or possibly even a "hand configured" compared to a production tuba?
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby Art Hovey » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:21 am

Here's a BBb Frankentuba which I put together a few years ago using a King valve section and an old Besson body. One of my tuba students has been using it and likes it a lot more than the brand-new silver YBB-321 that his high school owns. It does have better intonation than a lot of new tubas. Don't know if I'll ever get it back from him.Image

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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby 11annienorm » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:24 am

I have made a couple.

1. My Connveny.
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2. Miranolds.
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3. Austrian Conn Eb.
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby Jess Haney » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:26 am

skeath wrote:I was recently at a rehearsal at a high school, with my Gnagey Holton-King 4/4, and was asked to briefly play a new school tuba, a Yamaha BBb (rotary valves, don't know the model). It played alright, spoke easily, did not have the horrible high G they had years ago. Easy to play, good valves. Then I went back to my Gnagey, and was astonished by the room-filling sound it had, compared to the pea-shooter. I realized how spoiled I have become, playing a tuba that can, if required, lay waste to a large ensemble without breaking a sweat.

If you've never played one of these, you should find someone near you and offer to bring the beer (I prefer dark beer, preferably Czech; none of this Budweiser/Miller swill). :twisted:

Only two other people have ever played mine, and both had the same response after just one note: Wow! :shock:

They are beefy horns, and take a back seat to nobody.

:tuba:

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man do I love that feeling of opening the horn up. I am curious if Gnagey ever made a 6/4 BBb.
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby bigbob » Thu Feb 28, 2013 5:57 am

Yes he did and before he made the CC Maybe he'll send you a pic..BB
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby Mark Finley » Thu Feb 28, 2013 8:10 am

11annienorm wrote:I have made a couple.

1. My Connveny.
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2. Miranolds.
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3. Austrian Conn Eb.
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love the Conn Eb! Looks like a factory job
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby 11annienorm » Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:16 am

Thanks, Mark!
The Conn Eb plays better than it looks. The valve section came from two short action sousas. The 20" bell doesn't hurt with sound production either.
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby TinyTubist97 » Thu Feb 28, 2013 11:05 am

Would it count if I put King 2341 finger buttons on my MW 2145??
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby KiltieTuba » Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:09 pm

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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby hrender » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:29 pm

bigbob wrote:Sure.. How about this one it's supposed to be his first CC in 6/4.......just waiting for Canada to call


Bob, I gotta say, given how long you've wanted a 6/4, I am very happy to hear of you finally getting one.

For what it's worth, here's a better than last time pic of my Gnagey. Smaller bell than most of his horns, and only a 4v, but a lovely sound (IMO) nonetheless.
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby bigbob » Thu Feb 28, 2013 3:50 pm

hrender wrote:
bigbob wrote:Sure.. How about this one it's supposed to be his first CC in 6/4.......just waiting for Canada to call


Bob, I gotta say, given how long you've wanted a 6/4, I am very happy to hear of you finally getting one.

For what it's worth, here's a bad phone pic of my Gnagey Cleveland/King. Smaller bell than most of his horns, and only a 4v, but a lovely sound (IMO) nonetheless.

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I think the phone pic is great ....and thank you ..I have tryed to trade artwork. and small money for a long time finally My lovly wife said go get a small loan bob I'm tired of you moping around the house playing Airtuba<s>...SOOOO finally I'll soon have my 6/4 and best of all it's a Gnagey which I will love and cherish(gee sounds like a love affair to me) haha...Sorry guys I'm just so happy!!.........BB
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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby BrownNoteBenny » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:17 pm

I recently bought Sam Gnagey's latest masterpiece. Its a Holton/King 4/4 5-valve CC. The bell is from a 1923 Holton Eb with top action valves, and the rest is from a mid-70's King 2341 BBb. I've had it for about a month now, and while I'm still getting used to the new fingerings, I've still been able to use it for a couple of orchestra performances :tuba:

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Re: FRANKENTUBAS

Postby Mark Finley » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:19 pm

Says I don't have permission to see what's on the link
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Postby BrownNoteBenny » Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:21 pm

Sorry 'bout that, I'm new here, and not the most computer savvy person. Does anyone know how to attach pictures so they actually show up on the page like the other posts?
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