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Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 12:12 pm
by humBell
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Now i am curious what constitutes a strolling gig.

I suppose there are better things to be curios about.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 1:08 pm
by Tubajug
I would consider a strolling gig to be one where you stand/walk around a bit.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:17 pm
by humBell
Yeah, that sounds about right.

I guess i was trying to imagine specific examples. A mariachi band seranading in a fancy restaurant, is all i am thinking of right now.... Surely there be more realiatic examples.

For extra credit.... what's a trolling gig?

And sorry for my misspelling of curious. Not always good at proof reading.

Anyway, back to the instrument...

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 4:40 pm
by Donn
Look at sousaphones. Anywhere you see them, the customary performance posture for some if not all venues is on feet, whether moving or not. New Orleans jazz, Balkan brass ... never done any banda, but it's bound to have some stand up work. A tuba like this one might serve in a pinch. I looks surprisingly un-Reynolds to me, though, despite the engraving on the collar. Body & bell shape is different; valve section at least has a similar angle, but some differences compared to photos of common Reynolds models, like width of main slide.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 6:20 pm
by YORK-aholic
I suspect, though don't know for sure, that Martin may have made these for Reynolds. the ferrules look Martin, a few of the slides look Martin, and the articulating leadpipe (bits) say Martin. And, we know Martin made some fiberglass tubas.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sat Jan 27, 2018 7:12 pm
by Donn
Could have something there - Martin fiberglass:

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Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:49 am
by YORK-aholic
Granted the camera angles are different, but they sure look to be the same thing to my eyes. Even the leadpipe brace on the front of the bell...

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Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:18 am
by SousaWarrior9
YORK-aholic wrote:Granted the camera angles are different, but they sure look to be the same thing to my eyes. Even the leadpipe brace on the front of the bell...

Reynolds_Martin Fiberglass tuba.JPG

These horns are from when Reynolds and Martin were both under the RMC umbrella, so these fiberglass horns were branded as both Reynolds and Martin.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Sun Jan 28, 2018 9:31 pm
by Dan Schultz
SousaWarrior9 wrote:
YORK-aholic wrote:Granted the camera angles are different, but they sure look to be the same thing to my eyes. Even the leadpipe brace on the front of the bell...

Reynolds_Martin Fiberglass tuba.JPG

These horns are from when Reynolds and Martin were both under the RMC umbrella, so these fiberglass horns were branded as both Reynolds and Martin.


Yup. The photos even show the Martin tuning bits.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 12:55 am
by SousaWarrior9
Dan Schultz wrote:
SousaWarrior9 wrote:
YORK-aholic wrote:Granted the camera angles are different, but they sure look to be the same thing to my eyes. Even the leadpipe brace on the front of the bell...

Reynolds_Martin Fiberglass tuba.JPG

These horns are from when Reynolds and Martin were both under the RMC umbrella, so these fiberglass horns were branded as both Reynolds and Martin.


Yup. The photos even show the Martin tuning bits.


Yeah the bits are a dead giveaway, signature Martin. By the way, I am in reasonable distance to this horn and I really want it. I already have a Martin Mammoth tuba and sousaphone so it just makes sense to add this gem, right?

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:03 am
by YORK-aholic
SousaWarrior9 wrote:By the way, I am in reasonable distance to this horn and I really want it. I already have a Martin Mammoth tuba and sousaphone so it just makes sense to add this gem, right?


It makes perfect sense. In fact, it wouldn't make sense for you not to buy it! :roll:

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 11:35 am
by Donn
SousaWarrior9 wrote:By the way, I am in reasonable distance to this horn and I really want it. I already have a Martin Mammoth tuba and sousaphone so it just makes sense to add this gem, right?


May or may not - if your suite is to be all Mammoths, then this one wouldn't fit, it's just ordinary 4/4 size, am I right?

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 1:29 pm
by SousaWarrior9
Donn wrote:
SousaWarrior9 wrote:By the way, I am in reasonable distance to this horn and I really want it. I already have a Martin Mammoth tuba and sousaphone so it just makes sense to add this gem, right?


May or may not - if your suite is to be all Mammoths, then this one wouldn't fit, it's just ordinary 4/4 size, am I right?

Correct, the fiberglass horns are only 4/4. I was referring to having an all-Martin stable rather than an all-mammoth stable, I should've been more clear on that. I really have taken a liking to Martins in general and I think a 4/4 would pair with my Mammoths(s) nicely for smaller ensembles. Plus it's fiberglass, how cool is that?!

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Mon Jan 29, 2018 3:02 pm
by Kirley
SousaWarrior9 wrote: Yeah the bits are a dead giveaway, signature Martin. By the way, I am in reasonable distance to this horn and I really want it. I already have a Martin Mammoth tuba and sousaphone so it just makes sense to add this gem, right?


Your logic is undeniable. You have my full support. :D

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 12:03 pm
by Three Valves
There is one for sale at Dillons now.

Do they play reasonably well??

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 12:11 pm
by PRO
Hi All,

Harvey Hartman ("Harv's Happy Horns") had a fiberglass Martin. He said it was the best tuba he owned.

Strolling gigs include the Italian festivals of New York City and probably elsewhere. Also, the Chinese population of NYC hires the strolling "Italian" bands (really mixed national, racial, and religious background, like all else in the Big Apple) for funeral music.

Paul.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 9:43 am
by YORK-aholic
I recently bought an all brass one of these. It needs a new leadpipe. I stuck a King 1240 leadpipe on it for the moment but...

It's a pretty cool horn.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 10:11 am
by Donn
YORK-aholic wrote:I recently bought an all brass one of these.


4/4 Martin, you mean?

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 11:54 am
by SousaWarrior9
I'm really disappointed I missed out on this horn. I've been enjoying my Mammoth tuba and sousa so much that I've been considering converting my tuba collection to be all Martin (I'm addicted to the Martin sound!) but the Martin 4/4 or 'medium' horns as they called them (fiberglass or otherwise) have been so hard to come by.

If anyone out there who has one of these old Martin 4/4 horns (again, fiberglass or brass) and may be interested in a really nice King 1241 with both bells, I may be able to help you out.

Re: Fiberglass Reynolds Tuba

PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 12:24 pm
by hrender
Three Valves wrote:There is one for sale at Dillons now.


Still available.