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US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 12:31 am
by bloke
I've been working on a one-year old instrument (the one that is advertised for $9200 with case included) for a university, and I have nothing to say about that instrument.

What I would like to say, though, is this: If you have an older Indiana-made (or even Texas-made) one with all of it's metal, no cracks, no rot, and completely able to be restored, you really have something there !

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:47 am
by TUbajohn20J
New Conn's are garbage. I witnessed someone put a dent in a brand new 20K with their thumb once. Horrible bracing.. but maybe the HD versions that came out will hold up longer. The Indiana and Abilene ones were great. Even played one made in the 90's and one made in 02, and those were even made way better than the current line. I'll take a 60's naked lady any day over anything new.

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:37 am
by imperialbari
What does HD mean in this context?

Klaus

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:56 am
by lost
TUbajohn20J wrote:New Conn's are garbage. I witnessed someone put a dent in a brand new 20K with their thumb once.


They were "too heavy" for the kiddos so lighter brass was used. To sell more of course and placate whiny people.

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:58 am
by SousaWarrior9
I'm assuming HD in this case means heavy duty. I tried a new, more heavily braced version of said short action sousaphone a while back and I assume this is what they are calling HD now. It was the only Ohio made example that felt anything like any Indiana made or Texas make variant.

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2017 5:19 pm
by bloke
I've sorta viewed those (Lang-made...??) copies as kinda "cheap", but no longer...
...and the Lang product is getting better, and sports a thick-wall body.

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:57 am
by Uncle Markie
Manufacturers respond to the people who make up the majority of their customers - in the case of sousaphones that would be high school Band Directors. There are still plenty of good old Conns, Kings, Reynolds and Holtons around worth fixing up and playing.

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:53 am
by imperialbari
bloke wrote:I've sorta viewed those (Lang-made...??) copies as kinda "cheap", but no longer...
...and the Lang product is getting better, and sports a thick-wall body.


I don’t get ’Lang’?

Is it a Chinese maker?

Klaus

Re: US-made short-action sousaphone

PostPosted: Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:12 pm
by bisontuba
imperialbari wrote:
bloke wrote:I've sorta viewed those (Lang-made...??) copies as kinda "cheap", but no longer...
...and the Lang product is getting better, and sports a thick-wall body.


I don’t get ’Lang’?

Is it a Chinese maker?

Klaus



Yes it is....