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Miraphone BBb 186 Millennium Edition with gold bell

Postby Ironmanavy » Thu Nov 16, 2017 4:37 am

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Re: Miraphone BBb 186 Millennium Edition with gold bell

Postby bort » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:48 am

Very pretty! Any other differences besides the gold brass bell?
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Re: Miraphone BBb 186 Millennium Edition with gold bell

Postby the elephant » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:19 am

Why does it have "Mirafone" if it is from 2000? I thought that was only used in the early days for US-market tubas due to a legal restriction on the name Miraphone and that this stopped in the late 1970s.
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Re: Miraphone BBb 186 Millennium Edition with gold bell

Postby bort » Thu Nov 16, 2017 11:41 am

the elephant wrote:Why does it have "Mirafone" if it is from 2000? I thought that was only used in the early days for US-market tubas due to a legal restriction on the name Miraphone and that this stopped in the late 1970s.


The serial number on the bell certainly seems to be from the "F" era... and the Millennium engraving certainly looks more recent.

Another oddity... didn't the millennium start on Jan 1, 2001? So does this commemorate the outgoing millennium?

PS -- none of this really matters, should be an outstanding tuba either way!
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Re: Miraphone BBb 186 Millennium Edition with gold bell

Postby the elephant » Thu Nov 16, 2017 12:51 pm

Yes. Something is odd about this tuba. I think this engraving was added much later. And the engraved year does appear to be inconsistent with what Miraphone actually sold. Of course, this is based on my memories and not on anything like Miraphone.de photos or materials...
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