Posted by Dave Seip on December 18, 1999 at 22:05:45:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Yamaha Tubas: Are they that Bad? posted by Ben on December 18, 1999 at 20:48:18:
The thing is, when you buy the same model of tuba that Roger Bobo uses, you aren't getting the same tuba Roger Bobo uses. His tuba has been specially designed to his specifications, and is made to fit him. I suppose you could get ahold of Yamaha and ask to get a horn designed exactly like his, but it would cost you an arm and a leg. My main beef with Yamahas, as I've said before in other threads, is that they don't stand up to the normal everyday wear and tear like they ought to. If you can keep the thing in perfect condition, and maintain it constantly (my experience with Yamahas, from student line to professional, is that they require much more frequent oiling and regreasing than any other brand), then it would probably be okay, but if you put off maintinance, the likelihood of having the valve caps seize and the slides get stuck is very high.