Posted by All of the above on December 27, 2001 at 21:01:44:
In Reply to: Cheap Asian Tubas posted by Eric on December 27, 2001 at 19:51:52:
Little things like valves that feel like they were made from sandpaper, joints that aren't completely soldered, intonation so bad that is is nearly impossible to play any scale. Somone once said that the only similarity between these and real instruments was that they looked like them from a distance. They appear to have been designed by looking at photos of other instruments.
This is not to say that they can't or won't eventually make decent instruments. People had similar comments about Jupiter instruments when they first appeared and they now make respectable horns. I expect that these will get better, but I wouldn't want to be the first to try one to see if they have gotten there yet.