Posted by Barry Guerrero on December 18, 1999 at 17:49:17:
I'd would also like to say something in defense of Tony Clements. I have lots of great, outrageous memories of working with Tony in the Cal. State Northridge marching band (back in the mid 70's), and out at Marriott's Great America. There's a huge difference between Tony and myself: He makes his living playing and teaching Tuba, I do not. Yet, Tony has never hesitated to share information of any kind!
However, the point I want to make is this: The reason that Tony, and OTHER tuba players collect instruments should be obvious to everybody - they do not rest on their laurels. The best musicians (or people who are "best" at anything) are always looking to do their job BETTER. I remember when Tony first got the San Jose Symphony gig - he would listen to playbacks of their performances to analyze how he sounded, and how he might do the job even better in the future. To me, that says everything about a pro's approach to making great music.