Posted by Bill Robison on February 08, 1999 at 18:02:03:
In Reply to: What is the Larger Instrument posted by James on February 08, 1999 at 12:05:14:
All 6/4 horns currently in production use the same bell- made by meinl-weston, who has the only mandrell for that bell- but each company choses it's own thickness for their bells. This includes the Meinl-Weston 2165, Hirshbrunner Yorkbrunner, VMI Neptune (piston and rotar), B&S PT-7 (both), CSO York Copy/Nirchl, and the Willson. The rest of each of the horns is different, but close enough that there is no REAL difference in "size." The Holton 6/4 use a different bell made on a temporary hard-wood mandrell, but are similar, though no longer in production. All these bells, and horns in general, whether rotary or piston are based on the CSO York 6/4 CC, whose bell and bows were customly altered from the 6/4 York BBb Master horn. There is no new technology in any of these instruments and are all attempts to built a better wheel- of the same diameter no less.