Heliconer wrote:I'd like a 4 valve, front action version of the Boston BBb. Perhaps even a CC version. Bore is .660
What is so special about that tuba?
For me, mine has been one of the most pleasing quintet horns I've ever used. It's compact, and despite the small bore, and as a result of the large bows and bell throat, I never find myself approaching an edgy tone with it. Response is nice, and the intonation is very pleasant.
I'm a fan of alternate fingers, so the idea of one of these with 4 valves makes me drool.
I'd love to see a Gnome with piston valves and a bell-front design. Seems to me that would be the perfect jazz horn. I know it would need to be larger than the current Gnome, but that's a horn that has room for 'larger.'
And that Sonorophone on page 4 looks pretty dang cool.
Conn 2J CC wrote:Jonathan - Thank you for your company's contributions to today's low brass instrument market, especially. This may be getting really picky, but I wonder if there would be a significant market for an F Contrabass Trombone with specifications close to the following -
1. Key of F, with inline Db (lower lever) and C (thumb lever) rotary valves. Obviously, this would be an F/Db/C/A Contra that's a perfect fourth lower than the standard Bb double-valve Bass Trombones marketed today (Bb/Gb/F/D). Many Trombonists might find adapting from a Bb Bass Bone to an F Contra like this to be more to their liking.
2. Dual bore 15.6 mm (.615") to 16.13 mm (.635") hand slide. I took these bore sizes from the larger side of your BBb Contrabass Trombone's slide, and the bore of a Mirafone BBb Contrabass Trombone slide, respectively.
3. C valve bore size - 16.66 mm (.656") and Db valve bore size - 17.49 mm (.687"). Both are clearly very common bore sizes for Tuba valves, and hopefully logical bore size increases from the dual bore slide suggestions.
Hopefully such specifications (15.6/16.13/16.66/17.49 mm = .615/.635/.656/.687") would create an F Contrabass Trombone that would sound distinctly larger than a Bb Bass Trombone, without sounding tubby or un-Trombone-like. On the other hand, I may also be proving that I should just sit down and enjoy what the rest of you are discussing, because I really don't understand instrument design at all. I just thought I'd put this out here for consideration. Thank you for your time.
Three Valves wrote:The US site lists an Eb sousaphone while the UK site lists a Bb.
Does that make sense??
Both BBb and Eb sousaphone are available in UK or USA. Some discrepancies have crept in with two websites.
However we have been very busy on building new website which I hope will go live next week (just finalising now). That will be one website replacing both of the old - mobile friendly to view on your phone, much better arranged to browse and search, more information, shopping cart covering everything, new models and with absolutely stunning new photos, so good you feel you can touch the horns. Look out for announcement of when the new site is up.