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Originally posted by gappie

my favorite tuba player: michel godard here with trio rouge:



Godard totally rocks. The guy that really gets me going is Marcus Rojas:
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I ran into him on the subway a while ago -- he reacted to the tuba case, as we all do -- and he's a hell of a nice guy, too. We've been in touch now and again since.

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Originally posted by bieke

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All right, Mr. Bieke. You wanna do mouthpieces? I can do mouthpieces:

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At $350 street, David Monette's mouthpieces are the most expensive on the market. They come with instructions on how you should change your technique to optimize the mouthpiece's performance.

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Originally posted by gappie

the electric tuba
:)



That's no electric tuba. This is an electric tuba:

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That's my buddy Joe -- we play in a tuba trio together. Joe uses a RC20 and Zoom 505 into a Peavey keyboard amp to kick your ass with electric tuba madness. He's really great.

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A sub-contrabass tuba pitched in BBB-flat:

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There were two of these built -- I forgot the maker right now -- one is at Harvard and gets played annually (that's Sam Pilafian, formerly of the Empire Brass in this photo), and the other one was at Carl Fischer Sheet Music in Union Square in NYC. Now that Carl Fischer is gone, I'm not sure where that tuba ended up.

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Originally posted by ginnboonmiller



All right, Mr. Bieke. You wanna do mouthpieces? I can do mouthpieces:


mouthpiece_tuba_c_color.jpg

At $350 street, David Monette's mouthpieces are the most expensive on the market. They come with instructions on how you should change your technique to optimize the mouthpiece's performance.



Do tuba players dig Monette's stuff? Trumpet players have sort of written the guy off as a joke, especially after the {censored}e he put together for Wynton.

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Originally posted by ginnboonmiller



That's no electric tuba. This is an electric tuba:


bluesclub.jpg

That's my buddy Joe -- we play in a tuba trio together. Joe uses a RC20 and Zoom 505 into a Peavey keyboard amp to kick your ass with electric tuba madness. He's really great.



I dig the relic look in tubas.

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Originally posted by riffdaddy



Do tuba players dig Monette's stuff? Trumpet players have sort of written the guy off as a joke, especially after the {censored}e he put together for Wynton.



Monette is just like Way Huge, except that he's still building stuff:

-The folks that trash talk his trumpets and mouthpieces invariably can't afford them.

-Much of the mystique and out-of-reach pricing is absurd.

-He makes wonderful trumpets and mouthpieces.

-The most wonderful trumpet in the world doesn't make Wynton Marsalis a more creative musician with a less dead sound.

By the way, his recent designs have backed off from the uber-heavy, ultimately dead-sounding stuff from the 80s and 90s. And he himself is still a kook.

I've played a Monette mouthpiece. It was a really wonderful mouthpiece. I didn't think it was quite $350 wonderful, but it was wonderful. And as the guy who owned it said, if you aren't happy with your equipment, a high-end mouthpiece is still a hell of a lot cheaper than a budget tuba.

[Edit for the curious: http://www.monette.net ]

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