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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby Mark Horne » Thu Jan 03, 2019 2:50 am

For folks that may not realize, The Horn Guys and the Brass Ark are within a few blocks of each other on the same main road (historic route 66) in the Los Angeles region. Noah's hours are by appointment, but there has rarely been a time when I didn't also swing by the Horn Guys to see what they have.
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Postby E. Green » Thu Jan 03, 2019 5:31 am

Recently a student of mine ordered a PT-65 from Custom. The mouthpiece sent was totally different that the good one I use and was returned.
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Re: Custom Flop

Postby joh_tuba » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:38 am

E. Green wrote:Recently a student of mine ordered a PT-65 from Custom. The mouthpiece sent was totally different that the good one I use and was returned.


That's too bad. They are also down to one employee and no longer attend conferences or donate to ITEA. :(
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby joh_tuba » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:40 am

Whichit Band really shouldn't be on the list.

They no longer have anyone on staff that has a clue about tuba or fixing them and they don't maintain a tuba inventory.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby JCRaymo » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:46 am

I am not sure Custom Music is the same custom music of old. I don't know as I have not shopped there in a long time but I do know that they force retired Kevin Powers who was the "Expert" at Custom Music. I am not sure I could justify spending one dime at that store knowing what they did to a good man and friend of mine.
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Re: Custom Flop

Postby WC8KCY » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:01 pm

E. Green wrote:Recently a student of mine ordered a PT-65 from Custom. The mouthpiece sent was totally different that the good one I use and was returned.

The PT-31 I bought a few weeks ago is not nearly as well made as the PT-62 I have from around 2010. Notably, the backbore is crudely machined. I should have returned it, too.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby Lee Stofer » Wed Jan 16, 2019 10:18 am

I would suggest that Buddy Roger's Music in Cincinatti, OH should be added to the list. The store has a real tuba-guy, Chris Hite, on staff, a school-trained repair guy that also is a pro tuba player. The company has dedicated itself over the past three years to becoming a destination for brass players, and they are not only stocking and repairing tubas, they are working closely with Robert Tucci and carrying his line of post-Custom-Music, post-Perantucci Robert Tucci mouthpieces. I do not think that there is anyone in the world with a greater passion for making great tuba mouthpieces than does Mr. Tucci, and they are continuing to develop even-better mouthpieces. I'm not sure where the current Perantucci production has been farmed out to, but it has nothing to do with Mr. Tucci and his standards of quality - and I'll leave it at that.
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Re: List of tuba specialist shops in the US?

Postby BopEuph » Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:15 pm

Thanks for the replies.

This is a help for myself and a bunch of people, I would guess. When I get in a position to buy a new horn, I'd love to try before I buy, rather than buy something online and hope it's what I'll like.
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