Posted by Joe S. on March 26, 2001 at 22:43:51:
In Reply to: MW 25 vs. 186 BBb -- both claim "best"! posted by Steve Inman on March 26, 2001 at 22:06:54:
I have found Miraphone CC 186's to have gotten much better over the years.
However, I think the Miraphone BBbs have remained about the same as they've always been (good), with or without the larger bell flair.
I have occassionally come across some REMARKABLE old BBb 186's that had a very, very round sound (not oft' associated with this shape and style of tuba).
I have always though that Melton/Meinl Weston 20/25 tubas played stiffer than Miraphones.
Again, referring to tubas of old ("ancient" '60's vintage) there were some REALLY "sweet" Meinl-Westons...They weren't model 20/25, but rather just a bit smaller (still 4/4). Rich Matteson used to sell them (the "sweet" slightly smaller ones) out of the back of his station wagon before he got the North Texas job.
Joe "too much history, and not enough good advice on presently-made instruments" S.