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I'm currently in college, my freshman year to be exact, and I've decided to be a music major. For the past few weeks, I've looked at tuba makes from Schiller to Wessex, to Melton Meinl Weston and Miraphone. Even The Tuba Exchange. I did some research and found that some companies make clones in China, and other countries, and ship them to the U.S and they may or may not be worth the money spent on them. I was almost completely set on getting the Wessex CC Mahler tuba for just under three grand until I found out that they're one of those companies. Reading threads here on TubeNet I've found out that it really depends on the person, how well the instrument plays, and if the price was good. Some people went for price, and others went for quality. Something about these copies doesn't sit all too well with me, so I want to find a tuba that's both of a good price and quality, if possible. I forgot to mention that I've played euphonium for 3.5 years and a BB Flat tuba for one year after that, and I'm not sure if the transition from BB Flat to CC so soon would be beneficial as I plan on auditioning for universities in a year and the military branches in another two. Any advice is much appreciated. Thank for reading this if you have. I am not 100 percent sure this is where I should post this, but I'll learn my lesson if it isn't. Thank you again, and have a great day.
Don't be afraid of Wessex. Good reputation and quality control. I have one Wessex horn and it is great.
26 K, McMillin Eb, Wessex Mighty Midget, Olds 098, Cerveny 693
Don't be afraid of a piece of used equipment. If you keep it in good repair and/or pay to have any of its shortcomings rectified, you probably can get out of it what you paid. Whomever is giving you instruction at the college should be able to give you some direction. This person may know of a college-owned horn you can use indefinitely until you really make up your mind or know of some used instruments you could use for a month or so to really learn to play before you buy. If you are planning on a military career, learn the BBb sousaphone as a major instrument.
Last edited by The Big Ben on Wed Feb 15, 2017 11:21 am, edited 1 time in total.
I was never a music major so I just don't know. (Marching Band at State U 30+ years ago)
Don't Colleges and Universities with serious music programs have school horns??
Who needs four valves??
I've never seen a bad deal on Dan's page. (edit) he may not have exactly what you're looking for a the time, but you can always ask what might be coming down the line.
In new stuff, things are just worth what they are worth to you, regardless of what it is. If it is a good deal to you and what you want to play, go for it. If not, skip it.
Good news and bad news: the cost of the most expensive horns is not as much as your time is probably worth. Meaning, if you can afford one, they are not much compared to tuition and even less compared to your time.
One the other hand, if money is dear, good instruments can be had for a fraction of the cost of a new expensive model. If the school can provide you a horn, take your time. If you are doing auditions to specific places, visit those places if you can, or at least write to someone there and do some learning that way.
I had the same fear about learning a new key, a tight budget, etc. at your same age. I should have had less fear and been more interested in shopping used.
Once in awhile a BBb Miraphone will go begging in the used section here. I currently play next to a young player using an old and battered school owned model, and he sounds great on it. It never holds him back.
I would agree on finding a used horn as well. Yes, the horn may have some dents and dings, and may be not as shiny as that pretty new one....... BUT.... You will generally get a better quality horn for a decent price. Just because the Mercedes is used, doesn't mean it's not STILL a Mercedes.
1968 Miraphone 186-4U
1990 Yamaha YBB-631 4/4 BBb Compensating Tuba
1995 Yamaha YEP-201 Euphonium
1983 Yamaha XV-920 Midnight Virago
Fretted and Fretless 5 String Electric Bass
Find a used Mirafone 186 - you will never be sorry. You can do anything you want on that horn for as long as you want at any level.
6/4 Lyon & Healy C (1904)
5/4 Alexander Emperor BBb (1917)
4/4 Amati Kraslice C
3/4 Mirafone 184 C
1/2 Yamaha YBB 103
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