Posted by Roger Lewis on June 30, 2002 at 11:27:57:
In Reply to: Meinl Weston model numbering posted by Thomas on June 29, 2002 at 13:22:36:
Many of the European companies use a farily consistent means fo identifying their instruments. The new Meinl Weston F tubas, 45SLP for example, the 2nd number is the number of valves; the L is for lacquer and the P is for riston valve model; I'm not sure about the 4 at the beginning or the S in the middle. The 45SLZ is the 5 rotary valve model.
Rudy Meinl has as similar, rather obscure way of numbering his horns. The 505S = 50 centimeter bell; 5 valves; S I believe is for 2nd valve slide trigger.