Posted by Rick Denney on December 28, 2001 at 09:49:42:
In Reply to: Cheap Asian Tubas posted by Eric on December 27, 2001 at 19:51:52:
You are wrong. The Couesnon is a real musical instrument, and France sits squarely in the First World even they hold the rest of us first-worlders in disdain. They are not necessarily good instruments, being of tiny bore etc. But within the context of their time and application, they at least sort of worked. The same cannot be said of the future wall-hangers being sold for cheap on ebay.
We had a report from a TubaEupher who had been to China and had played several of these instruments. He described every possible mechanical fault, including leaks, and including taper "designs" that would not produce any semblance of an in-tune scale. The notion that they were built from pictures, with no actual musicians on hand to test them, rings true to me. They should be popular only with interior decorators, just like some pianos. Call them "furniture-grade" tubas.
Rick "who thinks they look fine screwed the TGI Fridays wall" Denney