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SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby hrender » Tue Feb 20, 2018 3:17 pm

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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby Donn » Tue Feb 20, 2018 4:21 pm

I think a Tubenet search would turn up some information about this brand, too lazy to do it myself. I'm surprised by the clock spring valves, though.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby bigtubby » Tue Feb 20, 2018 11:14 pm

These are great tubas. I wish that I hadn't sold the not so pretty one that passed through my hands a couple of years ago. Beautiful, sonorous voice and pretty well in tune.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby hrender » Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:18 pm

Looks like a B&S 101 clone.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby bigtubby » Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:30 pm

hrender wrote:Looks like a B&S 101 clone.

As I recall, the consensus of the apparently lost thread was that the L.A. music store that sold these assembled them from parts and components that they imported from Germany.

I spoke with an ex-Tubenetter who had purchased one of these NOS directly from one of the brother-owners of the business in the 1980s. Was in warehouse space owned by the brother.

The one I had was an ex-school horn and not very pretty but after working over the valves and play condition dent removal it was a wonderful player. The one in the ad looks great - if I didn't already own too many fine BBb tubas I would be quietly waiting ...
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby hrender » Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:55 pm

Found the thread and the link the explanatory article. I should have remembered the thread since I started it, but I have a crap memory.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby Donn » Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:31 pm

google search as follows
Code: Select all
"la sete" site:chisham.com

... should return a lot of head-scratching discussion, not much enlightenment.

bigtubby wrote:As I recall, the consensus of the apparently lost thread was that the L.A. music store that sold these assembled them from parts and components that they imported from Germany.

I spoke with an ex-Tubenetter who had purchased one of these NOS directly from one of the brother-owners of the business in the 1980s. Was in warehouse space owned by the brother.


That coincides with my recollection, but
bigtubby wrote:The one I had was an ex-school horn and not very pretty but after working over the valves and play condition dent removal it was a wonderful player.


... yours is older, isn't it? Maybe I'm just being fooled by the condition, shiny doesn't necessarily mean new, but I was thinking this one is '60s.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby bigtubby » Wed Feb 21, 2018 11:23 pm

Donn wrote: ...
... yours is older, isn't it? Maybe I'm just being fooled by the condition, shiny doesn't necessarily mean new, but I was thinking this one is '60s.

The only difference that I see is the weird lead pipe fender on the one in the ad - which I think is likely after market.

The ex-Tubenetter sent me a photo of his when it was new and it also looked identical. From the ones I've seen I am inclined to believe that they had come up with a design and either had them built or assembled them.
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Re: SF Bay CL: La Sete Tuba

Postby vespa50sp » Thu Feb 22, 2018 9:02 pm

I have it's lesser known Eb sibling. It's stamped "Western Germany" on the leadpipe. Mine is beat to crap, but sounds pretty good.
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