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Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby Sten » Mon Sep 23, 2019 10:11 pm

Hi,

I am very eager to start learning how to play the tuba!

I have listened to a looot of tuba music now and decided I would like to play the F tuba. In Melbourne (and Australia in general), where I currently live, such instruments are very rare, why I can not see any other option than buying one. Given that I am a student I can pay 2000$ at the most (and postage on top of that). A second hand Mack Brass 540GB or Wessex TF435 "Berg" or similar instrument with at least five valves would be great!

/A very hopeful presumptive tuba player
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby Sten » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:19 pm

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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby bloke » Thu Sep 26, 2019 11:33 pm

Contact Mack Brass, and ask Mr. M. if he might have an "open box" or "scratch and dent" for a bit lower than his advertised price.

He's a good guy and - even if there is something with a few marks on it - it could well be better to buy from him than from someone who has done who-knows-what to theirs (yet their pictures look nice).
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby Sten » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:35 am

Hi,

Thanks a lot for the suggestion! I did that two weeks ago - I sent an email to both Mack and Wessex, but unfortunately I have not heard back from either of them. I might try and give them a call though.

I found this guy https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/ ... 61995.html
but he writes that he does not ship and I think his story sounds a bit suspicious. Maybe it isn't, but with an instrument you can not try you would like to be as sure as you can that there is nothing wrong with it (or at least be sure of what is).
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby bort » Fri Sep 27, 2019 2:05 am

^Fridley isn't far from me... But yeah, if you're in Australia, that's going to be tricky to do anything about it.

For that price, Wessex might be your best bet. I thought they had a separate sales contact for Australia/Pacific?
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby Ken Herrick » Fri Sep 27, 2019 5:06 am

Your budget sounds too small. Keep in mind that $1000US will cost you about $1500Aus. plus fees. Shipping will be several hundred more (call it a grand) then add 10% GST on top off ALL the other costs. N'udder wirds, tuber playin in Oz aint a cheap hobby.

edit to correct Aus$ amount. A price of US$2000 will translate to roughly AUS$3000, add $1000 for shipping then 10% on that gets you to about AUS$3300.

Good Luck.
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby MackBrass » Fri Sep 27, 2019 1:36 pm

Sten wrote:Hi,

Thanks a lot for the suggestion! I did that two weeks ago - I sent an email to both Mack and Wessex, but unfortunately I have not heard back from either of them. I might try and give them a call though.

I found this guy https://minneapolis.craigslist.org/ank/ ... 61995.html" target="_blank
but he writes that he does not ship and I think his story sounds a bit suspicious. Maybe it isn't, but with an instrument you can not try you would like to be as sure as you can that there is nothing wrong with it (or at least be sure of what is).



Hi Sten,

I did get your email and wrote back to you the same day. You may want to check your spam folder because our email has the word "sales" in it and it may have gone to internet heaven.

Shoot me another email and think I can help you as I do have something that may will work. The only issue I see for you is going to be the shipping.

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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby vespa50sp » Sat Sep 28, 2019 10:03 am

https://www.ebay.com/usr/tubashop-de Check out Uwe Schneider's ebay site or contact him. He's in Germany, is admin for the Kaiserbass Facebook site and has a 100% feedback on almost 2500 items. He ships all over.
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby JPLynd » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:59 pm

Its a little above your budget, but its a great horn, and I'd be willing to negotiate
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Re: Wanting to buy: decent F tuba

Postby bisontuba » Fri Oct 25, 2019 7:22 pm

I see there is a new version of the Wessex Berg....maybe you can find one of the older versions used at a price point you can meet....
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