Posted by Tony Clements on November 20, 1999 at 21:50:04:
In Reply to: Getzen CC/BBb Tuba posted by Santos on November 20, 1999 at 12:09:47:
I've has a few students come through here with these horns. At best, these horns are a compromise on the 'non-native' side. it is an excellent horn on the CC side, but push the 5th valve and it adds 2 feet of tubing into the leadpipe. Even with the slides pulled, the pitch is marginal at best. It is good, however, for someone who is switching over to CC. Play the horn in C and when the going gets tough, kick in the 5th valve to put the horn in BBb, until the part get easier. After awhile, the student relies on the BBb side less and less. Then (s)he plays the CC as it was intended to be used.