Posted by Jay Bertolet on January 24, 2000 at 08:55:57:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: CC tuba posted by Sean Chisham on January 24, 2000 at 07:36:45:
Your dates are right on the mark Sean. Other things to consider:
You won't see many 20 year old B&S (and their other brands) tubas here in the U.S. because they were mostly unavailable to Western Bloc countries prior to the 1980's (When the Berlin wall fell). Go to the former Eastern Bloc countries today and you'll find thousands of 20+ year old B&S tubas.
Just because a horn is old doesn't mean anything other than it was assembled very well and/or it was well taken care of. Our standards as players change all the time and what plays good now may have been snubbed in years past.
The old adage still applies, try out tubas until you find the one for you and then buy it, regardless of the name on the bell!