Posted by Lee Stofer on July 31, 2002 at 19:01:10:
In Reply to: Re: What's the best? posted by Tim on July 30, 2002 at 14:18:10:
I appreciate you clarifying what you were really after with that question. Successful advertising and merchandizing, and mystique can be really misleading. Because of advertising, or lack of it in the US, there is a certain make of tuba that is considered to be "the best", the "Rolls Royce of tubas" as one ad some years ago by the company that exclusively sells these proclaimed, and there is another make that is virtually unknown to many tubists in the US. Yet, these two makes of European hand-made tubas are quite similar in construction and quality.
The mystique of the CSO Yorks is just that. One man was very successful playing them, but having heard him play, he could have just as well used something else. The one report I've read by someone who play-tested one of the 6/4 York CC's, spoke of quirks that people would not likely put up with in a new instrument today.
So Tim, I say Chocolate Marshmallow, Saab, Wrangler, brunettes, etc. . .;^)