Posted by Chuck on April 09, 1999 at 13:09:16:
In Reply to: russian tubas???? posted by Adam Feldberg on April 09, 1999 at 12:28:17:
Have you looked at what a ruble is worth lately--or what the average Russian gets for a day's labor (assuming that s/he gets paid in hard currency)? From Frieder's description, it also appears that the St. Pete's are being manufactured with turn-of-the-century (the last one) technology, so there's very little capital tied up in tooling.
Of course, the flip side of the cheap tuba is that you get typical Russian subsitence-level craftsmanship, so if you decide to go for one of the St. Pete's pick your tuba carefully.