Posted by Leland on October 09, 2000 at 00:02:14:
In Reply to: Re: The best tuba I have ever played!!! posted by ACE on October 08, 2000 at 22:17:12:
The two tubas are pretty different, really. The 2103 plays more like a "typical German longish-bell rotary tuba", and the 3301 plays more like a "typical squat piston tuba". Between the two, the 2103 leans towards the Mirafone type of feel, and the 3301 leans towards the G50 or 4/4 Hirsbrunner style (in other words, like a very good 4/4 CC tuba, except in BBb). Depends on what you like, and they are not the same. Pick a tuba that you don't want to put down, and the price will seem right.
I've had a well-respected pro play my 3302 (4p/1r BBb). He strongly said it was the best BBb he's ever played, and that he would soon get one himself.
FWIW, the Mirafone 191 plays quite similarly to the 3301/3302, but with rotary valves. Worth a look or two.
And, yes, do make the trip(s) to play on them -- the peace of mind you'll gain by knowing you tried them all is worth the effort.