Posted by Matt G on January 08, 1999 at 17:02:09:
I haven't been able to look at this BBS in months so I was wondering if there has benn any talk about this particular tuba in question. About four years ago I played an early rotary valve model and was quite pleased. I played it next to a MW 2165 and in many ways I found it superior to the MW except for sheer power. I am looking into purchashing a horn this size however I would like some first hand reactions to it, espescially the piston valve model. I was quite intrigued to find that it is built in the same factory as the B&S instruments and having played some of there large tubas I have seen some similarities. One concern, however, is that a B&S PT-7P cost $10k+ while the Mel Culbertson cost circa $8k. Are they both hand built? I know that they use the same valve cluster, but the Culbertson seems to have a better slide setup. The majority of my current playing has been in a professional concert band, and my Mirafone 188cc is starting to feel small. I was thinking about switching back to a big BBb but I have grown to fondly attached to the CC feel and sound.
Mainly I'm looking for info on this horn, however I am open to any other suggestions to horns in the same ballpark, and why the are comparable. Please include your thoughts an sound, projection, evenness of sound, intonation, response, construction, etc.