Posted by Lee a. Stofer, Jr. on December 19, 1999 at 19:09:22:
In Reply to: Yamaha Tubas: Are they that Bad? posted by Ben on December 18, 1999 at 19:10:19:
No, Yamahas are not that bad. Be very cautious of blanket statements. What you need is the best horn for your playing abilities, performance needs, and finances. Although I've never been in a situation where owning a Yamaha tuba best fit the bill, everyone is different, and two of my best friends swear by their Yamaha tubas; one, his F, and the other, a Yamaha CC. Play a lot of horns, keep an open mind, and get a good pair of ears to go with you if possible when you try out a horn. Also, keep in mind that your favorite mouthpiece for brand X may be all wrong for a different horn you're trying out, so try mouthpieces along with horns, and see how much difference it makes. About keeping an open mind; for years I was convinced that to be successful, I'd have to play a 5-valve CC and a 5-or 6-valve F. Now, I play a 1935 4-valve BBb and a 1920's 4-valve Eb. Why? Because they work best for me!