Posted by tommo on April 13, 1999 at 21:19:43:
In Reply to: Eb tubas posted by Paul on April 13, 1999 at 16:16:17:
In the UK, Eb tubas are used almost exclusively and thus, are very popular. This is a legacy of the English brass band tradition. All you have to do is listen to the recordings of any English orchestra or artists such as John Fletcher or Patrick Sheridan to realise what a fantasic instrument the Eb tuba can be.
I general, most Eb tubas have a good low register, often much better that an F tuba of similar proportions. My old Besson 982 had a great low sound. I have since moved onto a B&S Mel Culbertson Apollo model F tuba which is a HUGE instrument. I still feel that my old 982 had a richer low register. The high register is also equal to that of any F tuba.
Good brands are Besson, Wilson and Hirsbrunner. Also look out for the little known German brand Gronitz. I feel that a quality Eb tuba is as good as any other F tuba around so thus represent a good investment.