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WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby Bnich93 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:18 pm

I am looking to buy a large horn for wind ensemble, orchestral, and general professional audition use. I will not have the full extent of my budget until I sell my current horn, which is currently on hold pending money, in mid January. So here I am, I don't want to go for very long without a contrabass horn and therefore want to see what the community has available. My high end budget as of mid-January will be approximately $14,000, obviously a price lower than that would be ideal and much appreciated.

Horns I am currently looking at are including but not limited to:

B&S: PT-6, PT-7/Neptune.
Meinl: Thor, 2165 Warren Deck, Ursus (4/4 but I think they sound like a 5/4).
Miraphone: 1293, 98 Siegfried (what do these even go for used?).
Gronitz: PCK.
Willson: 3050RZ.
Need not apply: Small tubas, less than 5 valves, Chinese horns, American relics(looking at you Conn), wacky frankentubas, sousaphones, quinticlaves, hurdygurdys, etc.

If anyone has a tuba that is not one of these but you feel is just as good or better, feel free to let me know. I am located in southern Georgia and the ability to try a horn in person is ideal. Easiest contact for me is bnichols@valdosta.edu
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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby the elephant » Mon Dec 04, 2017 4:41 pm

Of course you are aware that we have an entire For Sale forum where you can actually “see what the community has available”.

Good luck.
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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby Bnich93 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:27 pm

Yup, and I've been searching through it daily for months. Just putting this out there to see if someone is motivated to sell their horn by cash if they didn't post. : :tuba:
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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby lowtones425 » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:03 pm

Shameless self bump for my own Rudy 5/4...

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Good luck with the search!

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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby bort » Mon Dec 04, 2017 8:05 pm

I think there are also a few Rudy Meinl 5/4 CC's floating around here. These are really 6/4 size tubas, and can be excellent. I think they take a lot of control and maintenance to keep it in line... But if you put in the work, the results are awesome.

A Hirsbrunner HB6 might fall in that same category. Takes a little work, but can be worth the effort.

On the flip side, a PT6 or Neptune can be really easy to play... But without as colorful of a sound.

And clearly, i think the 3050RZ is excellent, especially if you need a big tuba, for big ensembles. PM me if you want...

I like all of the tubas you mentioned and think you should be able to spend far less than $14k to get something excellent.
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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby DonnieMac » Mon Dec 04, 2017 9:54 pm

My Willson3050 came from the Philly Prchestra. It was Paul K stage tuba. Overhauled 2 months ago. Hugh low register.
My Rudy 5/4 was totally worked over 3 months ago a looks brand new.
Selling either or both tubas will not leave me barren. I have 2 other CC tubas. Her the catch s that you'll never to fly t ZIP code 94025 (home of FaceBook) to play these tubas. You fly and I will cover yr ground travel, hotel and meals.
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Re: WTB 5/4 or 6/4 sized Orchestral Horn (near future)

Postby bort » Tue Dec 05, 2017 12:28 am

Don, is it a piston or rotary Willson?
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