Posted by Klaus on April 13, 2002 at 03:14:15:
In Reply to: Regal Tuba? posted by Rick B on April 12, 2002 at 17:02:30:
As there have been no takers until now, I might say this:
Regal is not a well known brand.
The shots do not present the instrument like a collector or brass historian would like to see it.
However the progression of bore through bottom bow, bell stack, and bell flare seems to point towards an American idea of tuba design. A much larger pro-level sample of this design can be seen at
The dimensions of the Regal would find its equivalents in US made student models.
Emulations of such US designs also were made in Europe and then sold in the US under whatever brand the importer would want. These instruments are called stencil horns.
One such European mass producer was/is the Amati-Cerveny-Denak conglomerate of Czechia. Their equivalent models can be seen at
You can use the hyperlinks to see pictures.
Whether the Regal is from Europe or from one of the domestic US stencil producers is hard to say. The bottom bow guard might be a bit more generous in size than what Amati would provide.
US pistons tended to be better made, than those of Central Europe, so watch out. And any piston will wear with time anyway. So check out the tightness of the pistons.
It is impossible to price the Regal from the pics. Despite the quite nice looks it might be unplayable. Test it out. Preferably with the help of a competent player, that you trust.