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Postby Ames0325 » Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:09 am

I asked the seller and was told this is a Maestro brand tuba.
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vi ... 15678&rd=1
Do any of you know anything about these tubas?
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Postby Schlepporello » Sat Dec 11, 2004 1:43 am

My first guess would be that it's another Chinese import. The seller says it's used in many schools. Maybe in a few of the poorer school districts in Houston. None of them are here in Amarillo, AISD is currently buying St. Pete's and Miraphone 181's (both of which I'd consider before thinking about a "Maestro").
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Postby harold » Sat Dec 11, 2004 2:51 am

I would be careful about buying a "brass colored tuba" especially froma seller named "microscope city".

The seller says "used in many schools" - I would ask him the same question I asked my mother when she told me there are millions of starving children in China that would love to have my Brussel's sprouts - name three of them.
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Postby bloke » Sat Dec 11, 2004 3:12 am

Many moons ago, I bought an identical LOOKING tuba (obviously mainland Chinese) for SEVERAL hundred less...around $500-$600, as I recall (out of idle curiosity), and immediately returned it (fortunately, for a full refund).

This was the infamous "Cb" tuba...with the intonation of a mule.

I could have kept it for the valve section, which was well-made enough to work extensively with it and make it useable for another instrument...but I quickly decided: "NAAH", and returned it.
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