Posted by Art H on October 28, 2003 at 00:09:35:
In Reply to: Re: Walter Sear Mahillon Horn posted by Mark Heter on October 27, 2003 at 23:27:18:
I agree that Walter deserves a lot of credit for bringing in tubas at reasonable prices. I had a DePrins, and it served me well. But the valves were not stainless steel; they were nickel-plated brass.
The Mahillon bore is very small, making it pretty stuffy on the low notes. Howard Johnson makes it sound more like a French horn than a tuba at times.
One of my students is using one now, and manages to play it in tune without any chinese fingerings. Middle Ab tends to be sharp, and the Eb and Ab below it tend to be flat on that particular instrument. But the rest of the range is good; for a 40-year old tuba it does pretty well. And it's not sharp at all; she keeps the main slide out only about half an inch.