Re: St. Petersburg Tubas!

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Posted by Steve K on December 31, 2003 at 09:04:07:

In Reply to: St. Petersburg Tubas! posted by Perkdaddy on December 30, 2003 at 23:15:09:

2-1/2 years ago I was looking to buy a tuba after a 21-year layoff from playing. Without a lot of money to spend, I was obviously interested in the St. Pete. I played a few before I bought my tuba. Here are my impressions of the St. Pete:
- Good looking horn (if that matters)
- Thin metal
- Nice sound for a beginning player
- Sloppy valve linkages
- Noisy valve linkages
- Valves really rough and slow

I ended up buying a VMI 2103. A little bit more expensive, but I think I got a better horn that I absolutely love playing.

But the real bottom line for you should be how you feel about a horn after playing it for a while. If you absolutely love the St. Pete and are willing to put up with the problems that others have mentioned on this BBS, go for it. After all, it's your money, it's your choice. I know a few people who love their St. Petes. It just wasn't the horn for me. (And, in all honesty, if I had more money, the VMI 2103 probably wouldn't have been the horn for me, either. It's all relative... If I had a relative with lots of money, I'd get a YorkBrunner!)


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