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List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby BopEuph » Mon Dec 31, 2018 6:41 pm

I've created a list of US tuba specialist shops. I don't know if some of these should be on the list, but these are (ideally) somewhere one could fly in, try some horns, and fly home.

I'll add to the list if anyone has any more leads.

Eastern US:

NC: Tuba Exchange
NJ: Dillon Music
MD: Baltimore Brass

Central US:

TN: Joe Sellmansberger
IN: Dan Schultz
IA: Lee Stofer
OH: Buddy Roger's Music
WI: Jim Laabs
OH: Buckeye Brass (small)
MI: Custom Music

Western US:

WA: Dan Overloh
CA: The Horn Guys
CA: The Brass Ark
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby The Big Ben » Mon Dec 31, 2018 8:04 pm

Dillon Music and Baltimore Brass. See contact info in the sponsors/shops list.

Horn Guys in LA area. Google is your friend.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby BopEuph » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:32 pm

The Big Ben wrote:Google is your friend.


Not really.

Here's the first ten hits for "tuba stores US":

The Tuba Exchange
Guitar Center
Wessex Tubas
Yamaha
Just For Brass
Dillon Music
The Horn Guys
Jim Laabs
Hickey's Brass Music
Tuba - Wikiversity

Not all of these are tuba specialists, not all of these are places you can visit, and not all of these are in the US. And one of these isn't even a shop.

Google was, of course, the first thing I tried.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby ktsmr6 » Mon Dec 31, 2018 9:59 pm

Baltimore Brass is a hot spot usually having 20-30 horns in stock. Especially good for used horns. They have Mr. Fedderly and another tuba specialist on staff to help you out too. Solid repair shop if you need it as well.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby bort » Tue Jan 01, 2019 12:52 am

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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby russiantuba » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:01 am

Though not as big, Buckeye Brass in Plain City, OH has several tubas and a mini recital hall to try them out. Contact them before planning a trip to see what they have. While normally having the BMB tubas, he often has a PT6 or similar horn, plus several horns on consignment.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby The Big Ben » Tue Jan 01, 2019 1:15 am

BopEuph wrote:
The Big Ben wrote:Google is your friend.


Not really.

Here's the first ten hits for "tuba stores US":
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I wrote "The Horn Guys in LA" Google is your friend. I gave the locations of the other two. I left you with the suggestion to use Google to find out about the Horn Guys. They have quite a good website= and frequently have many tubas in stock.

https://www.hornguys.com/pages/tubas
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby schneidah » Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:23 am

Custom Music in Ferndale, MI
http://customtubas.com/
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby GC » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:16 pm

Lee Stofer, Dan Oberloh, Bloke, and Dan Schultz all run repair shops and have horns for sale regularly.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby bort » Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:53 pm

schneidah wrote:Custom Music in Ferndale, MI
http://customtubas.com/


Do they still exist, besides a few Ebay listings?

Last summer, I was in Ferndale, and tried multiple times to contact them, with no answer. The one time I did reach them by phone a few weeks prior, they made it quite clear that they were not interested in selling me a tuba. One word answers, sounded irritated, and hung up on me (I called back "I think we got disconnected..." and got a few more words that time... but still, nowhere near a pleasant conversation.)

So whatever is going on there now... I wouldn't recommend it. Better options exist!
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby BopEuph » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:01 pm

GC wrote:Lee Stofer, Dan Oberloh, Bloke, and Dan Schultz all run repair shops and have horns for sale regularly.


Good point. I'll add them to the list.

bort wrote:Last summer, I was in Ferndale, and tried multiple times to contact them, with no answer. The one time I did reach them by phone a few weeks prior, they made it quite clear that they were not interested in selling me a tuba. One word answers, sounded irritated, and hung up on me (I called back "I think we got disconnected..." and got a few more words that time... but still, nowhere near a pleasant conversation.)


This is not much different from what I heard back in college almost 20 years ago. My teacher had a Hirschbrunner euph. Loved the horn, but there were some serious warranty-covered issues with the horn and trying to have Custom Music solve said issues was like pulling teeth. He even gave them a heads up that he would be visiting in a few weeks to purchase a valve section to fix one of the issues, to which he was told no appointment required. When he walked in, they acted like they didn't remember the conversation and told him they couldn't help him.

Not saying they are a pleasant source for tubas, but for some, it might be a regional thing to want to swing by to try horns.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby schneidah » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:33 pm

bort wrote:Last summer, I was in Ferndale, and tried multiple times to contact them, with no answer. The one time I did reach them by phone a few weeks prior, they made it quite clear that they were not interested in selling me a tuba. One word answers, sounded irritated, and hung up on me (I called back "I think we got disconnected..." and got a few more words that time... but still, nowhere near a pleasant conversation.)

So whatever is going on there now... I wouldn't recommend it. Better options exist!


Hmm, sorry to hear that! I picked out my PT-6 there 15 years ago and recall the experience being fine. At the time, it was the only place in the US I knew of that had B&S/Perantucci instruments. That's no longer the case, so if I were in that market again I'd certainly consider other options!
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby edsel585960 » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:41 pm

Bob Tucker in Ocoee (Orlando) Does good work. Has some interesting stuff laying around. 321-331-1511
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby hrender » Wed Jan 02, 2019 12:48 am

If by “specialist” you mean “has an assortment of tubas for sale”, Taylor Music in SD has a fair number of used horns in stock. I’m not sure how many new horns they have on hand, though. I had a very good experience communicating with them while ordering a case for the Martin. There are a few others, like Horn Stash in Palatine, IL, worth checking out, too. If you’re looking for services, I’d add Martin Wilk and Norm Epley.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby Bowerybum » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:33 am

I think Custom Music moved from Ferndale Mi. to Farmington Hills Mi.

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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby Heavy_Metal » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:34 am

ktsmr6 wrote:Baltimore Brass is a hot spot usually having 20-30 horns in stock. Especially good for used horns. They have Mr. Fedderly and another tuba specialist on staff to help you out too. Solid repair shop if you need it as well.


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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby WC8KCY » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:51 am

schneidah wrote:
bort wrote:Last summer, I was in Ferndale, and tried multiple times to contact them, with no answer. The one time I did reach them by phone a few weeks prior, they made it quite clear that they were not interested in selling me a tuba. One word answers, sounded irritated, and hung up on me (I called back "I think we got disconnected..." and got a few more words that time... but still, nowhere near a pleasant conversation.)

So whatever is going on there now... I wouldn't recommend it. Better options exist!


Hmm, sorry to hear that! I picked out my PT-6 there 15 years ago and recall the experience being fine. At the time, it was the only place in the US I knew of that had B&S/Perantucci instruments. That's no longer the case, so if I were in that market again I'd certainly consider other options!

Hmm, when shopping for a 3/4-sized BB-flat tuba back in October, I was considering the Sanders Etude from Custom Music. My e-mail inquiry received a prompt but terse reply: "Hello, All of the Etudes are sold, CMI".

That's in stark contrast to 2011 or so when I visited there on appointment to try out mouthpieces for my Holton Monster E-flat. They were very gracious and helpful at that time, and I got to try out everything in the store that was of interest--mouthpieces, mutes, tubas, and bags. What a treat! I was really looking forward to another trip down there, but alas, they seem to be lacking in wares to sell.

I ordered a PT-31 mouthpiece from them via their website a few weeks ago and received that in four days. No issues there.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby THE TUBA » Wed Jan 02, 2019 3:26 pm

I know it is semantics, but Joe's spot outside of Memphis is further west than Chicago. It might be more accurately classified as "Central" than "Eastern."
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby BopEuph » Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:58 pm

edsel585960 wrote:Bob Tucker in Ocoee (Orlando) Does good work. Has some interesting stuff laying around. 321-331-1511


As much as I've heard this and would love to send him business, I live in Orlando and have not been able to get Bob on the phone in almost a decade. Either he's busy or is just bad at answering/returning calls; but it would make it difficult to want to recommend him.

hrender wrote:If by “specialist” you mean “has an assortment of tubas for sale”, Taylor Music in SD has a fair number of used horns in stock. I’m not sure how many new horns they have on hand, though. I had a very good experience communicating with them while ordering a case for the Martin. There are a few others, like Horn Stash in Palatine, IL, worth checking out, too. If you’re looking for services, I’d add Martin Wilk and Norm Epley.


The idea being that it's worth a long drive/flight for someone shopping around for a horn. If you think they're worth that kind of effort, then yes.

THE TUBA wrote:I know it is semantics, but Joe's spot outside of Memphis is further west than Chicago. It might be more accurately classified as "Central" than "Eastern."


Noted, and I'll go ahead and change that. Thanks.
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