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I'm helping Dana Hofer sell his personal Miraphone 184 CC tuba that he bought new back in the 1980's. This tuba has been his main quintet horn (used for freelancing for many years in the Chicagoland area). It is an extremely good example of the 184...I always liked this one better than my own!!
He has done all the maintenance to it since 1991, including the addition of coins to the paddles, upgrading the plastic unibals to the current metal ones found on new Miraphones. It was a factory right-hand 5th valve as well. Water keys on the 4th and 5th slides were added by his original repair tech in California before he got into the repair business. This horn REALLY plays!
Any questions can be directed to me as I'm handling the communications and have played this tuba quite a bit to confidently answer your inquiries.
Last edited by joshwirt on Mon Aug 06, 2012 10:45 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Well, other than for the obvious 'bling' effect....
Its really for tactile purposes. The feel of the texture of the coins versus the smooth paddles, kind of like the soft grip of the pearl buttons on piston valves vs. the smooth metal caps.
i too am a big fan of adding coins for the following reasons. It adds length to the paddle, gives a better feel on the fingers, looks cool, and adds value. I have added silver half's on just about every rotory horn I have ever owned, if anyone out there owns an Alex F, Alex CC or MW with silver half's, it was probably mine at some point in the past.
BUMP for an AMAZING tuba!!! Seriously, I sold mine to finance the 6/4 instrument sitting in my practice room right now, but had that not worked out so well, this 184 would be miiiiiiiiiiiiine!!!
Played this horns a bit while Dana did some great work on my Rudy (new linkages, changed leadpipe height and angle, fabricated pull ring for first slide). Is really an exceptional example of one of these. Great pitch, easy consistent response. Valves feel amazing. Somebody will end up with a great on here
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