Posted by Rob P-M on October 11, 2001 at 06:39:37:
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: 2 things... posted by Steve Dedman on October 10, 2001 at 21:34:31:
Steve, your point about the band boosters is well-taken, but persuade them to buy used Kings or Conns (or a mix of the two) rather than lesser quality new horns.
There is nothing wrong with playing 40 year old instruments if they're good horns and have been maintained or rebuilt. I am convinced that the brass formulae have changed and not for the better, soundwise, since WWII. If I had infinite resources and were equipping a high school or college band, I'd scour the country for satin silver pre-WWII Conn 20Ks, 24Ks (4 valves) or 38Ks or 40Ks (4 valves), and spend what it took to restore them.