Posted by Chuck on November 25, 1999 at 13:17:53:
In Reply to: Looking at an Amatti posted by Joe S. No.2 on November 25, 1999 at 11:23:40:
AMATI is an acronym for the musical instrument cooperative located in and around Kraslice in the Czech Republic. It consists of an agglutination of mostly German-owned manufacturers that were nationalized by the Czechs after WW II (hint: Kraslice in the Sudeten).
In tubas, Amati is the low-priced student line and quality is extremely variable. Cerveny is the brand used for the better line of instruments coming out of the same cooperative.
Here's a link to the AMATI web site: