Posted by Paul Scott on April 06, 2002 at 07:45:40:
In Reply to: D*mn Recording bell posted by frustrated on April 05, 2002 at 00:25:31:
The old Martin recording bell models had an advantage in that two tuning bits were built into the leadpipe design. They're fitted very precisely and use screw tensioners to hold them in position, (like the way the neck is held in place on a sax). This system allows you to adjust for any chair or player height. I'm able to angle the top of the tuba back towards me so that the weight of the bell is more centered. My top-action is pretty easy to set down; I usually hold it up standing it to my right, sometimes using the large K&M stand. The side-action recording bell model is more of a bear to hold and maneuver. When playing this I use the K&M playing stand. If I'm lucky I have enough room to lay the horn down flat on a towel when I'm on a break. I'm not lucky very often!