A used Martin 4V CC tuba in lacquer finish. This instrument was cut down from BBb to CC and has a nice rich sound. Some repair investment could really make this horn great! Used, no case. $1,995.00
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Neat looking horn at BBC. Not personally interested, but sure it won't last long!
I didn't realize Martin even made rotary horns. Looks cool!
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Man if I could sell my Wisemann and afford the horn + modern valveset + repair work... I bet that thing would sound amazing.
It looks to me like a Cerveny valveset, like the old King rotary tubas had, and exactly like the set on my 1970's era Piggy. King put very long elegant paddles on them; Cerveny supplied at least some, like my horn, with the "s" shaped linkages shown on this Martin, and paddles with large finger pads, which had a stubby quality, not like the old Kings.
I have always been surprised at the oft-expressed desire to modernize or change these valve linkages, and, to tell the truth, with the fascination with valves in general. Rotary with string linkages, rotary with mechanical linkages of various varieties, piston valves with various port shapes, etc. all play somewhat the same. I currently own at least one example of all of these, and it does not require any special training to operate any of them.
Roger Bobo played Carnival of Venice with Rotary Valves, Bill Bell was famous for intuiting and using creative alternate fingerings to get around bad intonation, Arnold Jacobs made a career on a piston valve tuba produced by York Band Instrument Company. To me, the mashing down of various valves is a cool but mechanical incident of great playing. After years of being interested in brass music and the instruments involved in making it, and playing and owning a big bunch of them, I find myself feeling respectful of the history and manufacturing, and pretty unwilling to change it much on a given horn. Instead, I am trying to emulate Mr. Bell and learn to play any horn well "as found."
YMMV, of course...
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