Posted by Joe Baker on January 23, 2000 at 15:31:36:
In Reply to: olds tuba posted by JRoach on January 23, 2000 at 14:47:00:
First, I've never SEEN an Olds tuba, let alone played one; but since time is short for you to make a decision, I'll jump in here with the official TubeNet answer for this question:
GO SEE IF IT'S THE BEST HORN FOR YOU!!(TM, patent pending)
As you say, you're close by, so go meet the owner and play the horn. If every other Olds stinks but the patched bell on this one makes it sing, buy it. It every other Olds is great but this one sounds like a cow being de-horned, pass. I'd contact the guy first, though, and find out what his reserve is. If he doesn't intend to let it go for less than $3000, that would likely change your expectations and intentions considerably. Best of luck!