Posted by Rick Denney on April 24, 2002 at 18:33:34:
In Reply to: Re: Re: York Tubas posted by dp on April 24, 2002 at 18:11:54:
It's funny. While Tucci was exposing the European scene to a Holton BAT, Bobo was making the tall-belled Miraphone THE horn to have stateside. He made the Power Sound famous, it seems to me, and further fueled the use of rotary tubas. That may have been the final nail in the coffin for the front-action piston tubas for professional use. It seems to me that only the King 1241/2341 remained in production throughout that period.
When I was in school (late 60's/early 70's) in Texas, the tuba everyone had to have was the Miraphone 186. There was NO other choice. A top-action piston tuba was an old school junker, and a front-action piston tuba was even older. These were reserved for the kids who were good enough not to have to play a Sousaphone but who could not afford their own tuba, except that in my school, there were none of these instruments, and I played the sousaphone.
It took a while for the pendulum to swing back.
Rick "thinking an Alex was the pinnacle for orchestra pros in those days" Denney