Posted by Jay Bertolet on April 10, 1999 at 17:19:03:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Cerveny 681-5MR and 601-5MR vs. Miraphone 188-5V posted by John on April 10, 1999 at 15:21:14:
Knowing that the 4/4, 5/4, etc. type designations are fairly flexible in parameters, I actually consider my 601 a 6/4 instrument. I say that because I have not played or seen any tubas that are bigger than the 601, only some that are roughly the same size like the Meinl-Weston 2165, and the Yorkbrunner. Also, I have played several tubas that are designated as 5/4 that are smaller than the 601. I know others have stated to the contrary but for me, I will not use my 601 except in the largest of situations, i.e. Prokofiev 5, Bruckner 7, in a large band, etc. I won't use my 601 regularly because it is too much tuba.
We're doing the Prokofiev 5th next week on a set of concerts with the Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Overture and the Stravinsky Violin Concerto. So I'm currently polishing up my 601 and reveling in the wonderful sound. It really makes me wish we did these kinds of programs more often...