Posted by Dale on April 06, 2002 at 11:29:20:
In Reply to: 4 valve BBb for a 4th grader posted by John Cradler on April 06, 2002 at 08:47:11:
To answer your question, if your young acquaintance's teacher can locate a good used BBflat Mirafone 184 - it's not a "piggy" in style but size-wise right along the lines of what I think you are looking for. IMO this would be the ultimate tuba for a growing (body-wise and ability-wise) student through primary school and into HS. The 184 is handle-able enough, certainly quality-enough, and is a no-compromise horn which, honestly I have NO idea why the 184's are not in current production. Perhaps if we talk about them enough here online, someone will notice and consider a short run to test the market. Of course, a brand-new one would break YOUR particular parent's price-point, but you should be able to locate one for 3 grand. Heck, have you discussed getting the youngster started on CC ?