Posted by Klaus on April 24, 2002 at 19:41:00:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: York Tubas posted by Chuck(G) on April 24, 2002 at 19:25:13:
Are you centering in on a point, that I have seen in a slightly different context.
I have a Sovereign bassbone (1st edition from 30+ years ago) with the stipulated 9.5" bell.
But within just the quite narrow circle of Danish bassboners, that I have taught or played in band with, there have been two more Sovereign bassbones with slightly larger bell diameters.
Is it so, that the bells are cut a bit oversize from the brass sheets just for safety? As is the mandrel a bit oversize with the right curvature of the extension beyond the ideal limit? Giving the craftsman a chance to make oversize bells if all factors add up?