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Re: Miraphone 188 discussion

Postby Donn » Sun Oct 08, 2017 6:09 pm

anonymous4 wrote:So, if "smaller" tubas with more clarity are better, why are the big 6/4 tubas so widespread?

I was doing my thing this afternoon that most closely resembles "practice", and I snaked out my King 1240, for a 4/4 example to compare with the 6/4 I'd been playing (Holton short stroke, kind of like a 105 with weird valves.) The King is easier to play, and it may be a superior bass in normal band music thanks to its more compact sound; the low end is thinner, but easier to spit out in a passage. It has a warm, pleasant, likable sound. But the Holton sounds more like a tuba - I mean, not that the King sounds like anything else, but the Holton is almost a caricature of the tuba. Far from being a tuba that's best used to sound like something else, I'd say it's for when you really crave the sound of a tuba enough to put up with the issues. I suppose technically I'm referring a tonal signature of partials that's characteristic of the conical brass - euphonium, tuba, flugelhorn each in their own way.

Just an idea about why 6/4, that doesn't depend on anyone being morally or intellectually defective.
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Re: Miraphone 188 discussion

Postby Douglas » Mon Oct 09, 2017 5:59 pm

Casca Grossa wrote:
joh_tuba wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TE6Nt5FXK-g

Is this a 188?

I believe it's a 186. Ask Tom at Mack Brass. It's his student.

That’s my brother, Eric, and it’s an old 186 CC.
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Re: Miraphone 188 discussion

Postby Casca Grossa » Mon Oct 16, 2017 2:48 pm

Maybe instead of a BAT and an F tuba, the future is a 188 and a 3 valve Sousaphone...https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iB5d70Qy_3Y
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Why have 3 valves when you can have 6 and a main tuning slide kicker???
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