Posted by Rick Denney on April 24, 2002 at 18:03:54:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: York Tubas posted by Chuck(G) on April 24, 2002 at 17:38:58:
According to the catalog from the 20's (J.W.York and Sons), they offered a Monster BBb Bass, No. 730, with three front-action valves. It was 38 inches long and had a 22.75" bell.
They also offered the Model 720, with three top-action valves (low pitch only), and the Model 721, available in high and low pitch. Same dimensions.
The standard BBb Bass, Models 700 through 704, in various combinations of three and four top-action valves and high and low pitch, were 37.5 inches tall with a 18.5" bell. Their pro horn was the Model 712 (BBb) and 692 (CC), both with four front-action valves and the same outer dimensions as the 700. The BBb front-action version is remarkably similar to my York Master except for the routing of the fourth-vavle plumbing.
The Monster Eb Basses included a number of models with varying valve orientation and number, but all with a height of about 34 inches and an 18-inch bell.
The Monster BBb Bass is clearly a 6/4 instrument, so Rob may have really been describing the standard bass.
Rick "who thinks it's funny that the 6/4 contrabasses were the only ones not available with four valves" Denney