Posted by George Wilson on June 29, 1999 at 06:42:14:
In Reply to: Meinl-Weston posted by Doug on June 28, 1999 at 21:14:15:
The MW Model 198 is the 5 valve version of the Model 197. It is a Kaiser BBb. It is huge - about 50 inches. It also has an enormous sound. Suitable for a large ensemble but not a small one.
Its design dates to pre- World War II. The current design was taken from a instrument for in the rubble of WW II.
I was playing one when I came to a realization that the bass lines in some of the German Militry marches were written for just such an instrument.