A Bracing Discussion

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Posted by Chuck(G) on December 29, 2003 at 14:18:46:

I haven''t seen this subject come up on the BBS and so I'm wondering what opinions there are out there on how thoroughly a tuba should be braced.

I can understand why some manufacturers go light on bracing--it's another manual operation, adds weight and makes the instrument harder to buff (gets in the way).

Does a tuba that's been braced to a fare-thee-well sound better or worse than a tuba with comparatively light bracing? Can anyone point to any personal experience or empirical evidence one way or the other?

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