Posted by Ace on January 26, 2001 at 21:50:22:
In Reply to: And I'm not just venting!!! posted by Benjamin Schardt on January 26, 2001 at 12:29:08:
I've had my Meinl Weston 2145 for several months now, and each day's practice reveals some new tendency in it's intonation. The variable is what key I am playing in. I fix the fourth valve slide at a constant 3/4", and use standard and alternate fingerings depending on the key of the music. The horn is so well in tune that I rarely even have to pull the first valve slide.
My previous tuba was a Mirafone 186 five-valved CC, and I thought it was a truly great in-tune tuba. In my opinion, however, the MW 2145 is a marginally better horn for my needs (medium to large size orchestral playing) in terms of intonation and tone quality. This is a subjective opinion, of course.