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Postby ronr » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:33 pm

I'm Jonesing for (or at least the opportunity to play) a Miraphone 1291 BBB in the Minneapolis area. I'm not averse to looking at a clone; I'm pretty sure Wessex makes one. What else should I be looking at? Thanks.
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Re: Miraphone 1291

Postby Dan Schultz » Tue Aug 01, 2017 2:39 pm

I've owned both a 'clone' and the 'real deal'. While I don't think there is $6,000 difference in the way a new one of each will play... I would really lean towards a used 'real deal' than a new 'clone'.
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Re: Miraphone 1291

Postby Bob Kolada » Tue Aug 01, 2017 4:19 pm

The 191/1291 family are my favorite tubas. I'd prefer to own a Miraphone bit the Wessex clone I played a few years ago played great. I see Dillon's is still selling them-


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Re: Miraphone 1291

Postby jamescab » Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:53 am

I currently own both a clone and the original and my experience mirrors what Dan says.
I would buy the USED 1291 any day over a new clone but I couldn't pull the trigger on a NEW 1291 vs a new clone.
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Re: Miraphone 1291

Postby jpwell » Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:00 am

+1
"I currently own both a clone and the original and my experience mirrors what Dan says.
I would buy the USED 1291 any day over a new clone but I couldn't pull the trigger on a NEW 1291 vs a new clone."



In a side by side comparison took more wind on the clone vs the real think. Also the valve caps kept coming off the clone
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Re: Miraphone 1291

Postby ronr » Mon Aug 07, 2017 11:46 pm

Now of course the question becomes where to find the real deal used? Thanks all.
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