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Meinl Weston 33... thoughts?

Postby ashhealey » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:56 am

I found an old Meinl Weston 33 tuba for sale in fairly good shape for $3400. I have never heard anything about them before and was wondering what people thought about them. I am looking to buy a horn but I was holding out for a Miraphone 186 or 188 to pop up near me. Would this be a nice alternative?
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby Northernlb » Wed Jun 06, 2018 5:44 am

Yes, go and play test, these are great tubas.
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby greatk82 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:12 am

If you are referring to the one for sale by tubadoctor, it used to be mine. It was a good playing horn, an I know he has done a lot of work i it to make it a great horn.
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby bigboymusic » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:24 am

I've never played the removeable bell version, but the 32's I've played have been great horns. Imagine a 186 but a little more punch. In general these older 'Getzen' Meinl Westons were built like tanks. I like that feel in a horn!
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby Fergie » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:51 am

I have the MW30. The horn has a beautiful, dark German sound. I very much love my horn. Go play test it!
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby bort » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:56 am

bigboymusic wrote:I've never played the removeable bell version, but the 32's I've played have been great horns. Imagine a 186 but a little more punch. In general these older 'Getzen' Meinl Westons were built like tanks. I like that feel in a horn!


I agree with all of this!

Besides "more punch," I would add that the sound is darker than a 186, and less "bark" to the sound. I think you're getting a lot of tuba for the money.
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby the elephant » Wed Jun 06, 2018 4:59 pm

The MW 32 is like a smaller Miraphone 188 with slightly less color in the tone, but more weight, IMHO. I really like them. I am a huge fan of the 188, so this is saying a lot. Imagine the 32 being more like a super 186, I guess you could say. To me they fall right between the 186 and 188. They are heavy, too. The bracing is like that on all MW tubas, so the horn is a lot to hold and carry. But it is not really all that large, so it is manageable. But you will hoist it into your lap and think it feels very solid.

I have never played the removable bell model (the 33), but I have generally liked horns with removable bells. Some think this has to do with the weight of the bell collar. I don't know. I have heard that the 33 is like the 32 but that is is how I described the 32 above, but more pronounced.

I would take the time to go test it. Take a tuner, take a friend who knows tubas, write down what you are thinking while you test it. Be specific. If you do not decide to buy it right there and want to think about it, these notes will help you a lot.

Good luck!
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Re: Meinl Weston 33... thoughts?

Postby toobagrowl » Wed Jun 06, 2018 8:58 pm

Ya mean Meinl-Weston :!:

The 33, 32 and 30 models have the same bugle.
Played the M-W 32 years ago and really enjoyed it. It was a sweet tuba that played very well. Very good build, pitch, response, nice sound. Like others have said; think of a Miraphone 186 with a more rounded, slightly darker sound color and you have the M-W 33/32/30. Great all-around/chamber tuba. Kind of an underrated tuba. I think I liked the model 32 more than the 37 B.Bell model. :tuba:
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby EMC » Wed Jun 06, 2018 10:20 pm

I agree with most of the sentiment here, the whole 30s series are great all around CC tubas, incredibly reliable and fun to play :tuba: ill never know why these never got even close to as popular as the 186
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby bort » Wed Jun 06, 2018 11:30 pm

^ Probably a topic for another thread, but I think Miraphone had some pretty aggressive marketing in the 70s and 80s.
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Re: Meinl Westin 33... thoughts?

Postby bloke » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:20 am

road trip !
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