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03-06-2006, 06:48 AM
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Review: I have used this horn for several years now, and I've come to like it a lot. I went from B-flat to E-flat fingerings, and caught on very quickly. I have no doubt that this would be the case for others as well. The tuba sounds great, and has quick valves and notes that are very easy to play. Close to effortless, in the low range. The fourth valve comes in very handy, especially for correcting intonation in the high range, and extending the low range to a usable F, instead of an A. The case is sturdy, and on my 1981 YEB, is actually made of wood. Newer ones are likely plastic, but it's a good hard case. The only problems I have had are that this tuba seems dent-prone, particularly on its third valve branch. The low E has to be played 1-3 or 2-3 as a fake tone.

The notes on this tuba are flexible and there are very few intonation inconsistencies. The sound this tuba gets is incredible, and from far away, you can trick someone into thinking you're playing a larger instrument. The sound is very hard to get to crack, even when playing very loud. The valves are fast, even if the springs don't seem to be very energetic on mine. I've played many worse tubas, but not many better.

Find one of these used, they're a bargain.

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