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Postby tubamarc8891 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:51 am

Do any of you have recommendations for music shops in the seattle-tacoma area with a good inventory of tuba mouthpieces? I was recently stationed here and am not too familiar with the area. I recently bought a ZO Thunderbird 6/4 tuba and would like to try out some different mouthpieces with the horn. Thanks!
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Re: Music shops in the Seattle area

Postby Donn » Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:58 pm

Well, there's Oberloh, that's the only retail I know of that would have more than the minimum required for school band students. Not that there couldn't be others. Ted Brown is the only possibility I can think of in Tacoma, might call them and see what they have and if they know anyone else - they've become kind of a regional chain, but they've been in Tacoma a long time. Seattle's going to be paralyzed for a few weeks with road construction.

Doesn't seem realistic to depend on Oberloh's list being up to date, but I see a Schilke 67 on there. If you try that and like it, you might ought to try my James R New C-1 copy of the old Conn 1. I mention that because your tuba puts me in mind of the old Holton 6/4, and while I like the C-1 on whatever, it's especially appealing on my Holton 109. Very deep funnel, rounded rim, nothing else like it.
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Re: Music shops in the Seattle area

Postby fenne1ca » Wed Jan 09, 2019 4:02 pm

Not SeaTac persay, but Ivan Giddings is located on Anderson Island. By appointment only, but certainly a range of ‘pieces to try out!
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Re: Music shops in the Seattle area

Postby Podonnell74 » Fri Jan 11, 2019 10:09 pm

Kennelly Keys is another one in the Seattle area. Not sure how many locations and what their selection would be, but another option none the less.
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