Posted by Rick Denney on July 31, 2002 at 14:06:15:
In Reply to: Re: Fafner impressions posted by Mark Wiseman on July 31, 2002 at 13:46:58:
I haven't played the Fafner, but I've had some time with both the Willson and the Miraphone, though not side by side.
The Willson is competent in every way. I don't much like the ergonomics--the first-valve slide is almost impossible to reach and I could not find a useful place for my left hand. I also did not connect with the instrument.
The Miraphone takes more air to get the same sound, and I think it requires more air than I can give it. But it provided more feedback to the player, which is I think partly owing to its short, compact wrap. While I think I could get used to the disconnectedness of the Willson, I'm not sure I'd ever have the air to do the Miraphone justice.
One of these days, I'll try out a Fafner, but I'm scared to do it without a healthy tuba fund which is lacking at the moment.
Rick "who did not reject the used Willson offered a few weeks ago without a bit of thought" Denney