Posted by David on April 10, 2002 at 19:41:34:
In Reply to: "Walter E. Sear, New York, N.Y." Tuba posted by Rick Bastedo on April 10, 2002 at 19:27:26:
In all likelihood, it was made by Cerveny and imported by Walter Sear, a New York tuba player of that era. The origials had string linkage just like french horns. Most players eventually switched that to ball and socket or some other similar linkage due to maintenance. (Like a horn player, you had to keep good string around and you never knew when a string might break.)
Go to the Cerveny web site and you should be able to see a picture that looks a whole bunch like it. Those horns were closer to a Mirafone copy of the same time than a St. Pete.
Hope that helps.