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Thanks everyone for the public and private replies, very helpful!
This video seems to explain some of the differences, however I don't speak German well enough for it to be totally helpful:
Both tubas are appealing to me, and numerous people have had great things to say in particular about the GR-55 (both on its own, and as compared to the GR-51 or the Fafner). In other words... they are all winners, just depends on what the player wants. Nothing new there!
One especially interesting thing about the GR-51 is the low price -- if you buy from Thomann in Germany, it's about $1,500 LESS than the already decent price at WWBW. Not that price is everything... but price is *something.*
Now, is this all enough to make me switch back to BBb? Hrmm...
Some years ago, I got to audition a GR-51 right after they first came out. I was playing tuba avocationally in three ensembles at the time, so it would have gotten a lot of use (still would!), but I was also supporting a family. If my situation had been different, I would have purchased it then and there, as it was the most consistent, in tune, responsive, in both dynamic range and pitch range, BBb tuba I have ever played, especially when using the recommended PT-82 mouthpiece with it.
"Bessophone" w/ 2-piece Imperial Blokepiece,
Lexan 32.6 Modified Helleberg rim & modified .080 extender
Wessex BR115 w/ Wick Ultra SMB6
King Super 20 trumpet w/ Bach 3C/76
Fanned fret bass and electric guitars
Call custom music, when I bought the GR55/PT600 their price was significantly lower than wwbw. I'd price check them for sure. Dan Oberloh appears to have one for sale, he's had it for awhile and I bet he's ready to get rid of it.
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