Posted by chris on April 23, 2002 at 22:19:52:
In Reply to: How Many Tubas Are Made a Day? posted by Steve W on April 23, 2002 at 14:59:54:
A couple of years ago I was fortunate enough to visit the Hirsbrunner factory in Sumiswald and I asked Peter Jr. this very question. He told me that with his "new" hydraulic equipment he was able to produce about one instrument every two weeks vs. one instrument every two months using the traditional hand-hammering method. But you also must take into account that he only employs four people!
That same year I was at a conference and Bob Tucci was telling a group of us that the B&S factory had produced a record 80 tubas the previous month. I have never visited VMI, but I venture to say that it quite a larger operation since they were able to produce that many instruments...and those were just tubas.
Just my two cents....