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Thread: WTB - Willson 2900 in lacquer

  1. WTB - Willson 2900 in lacquer

    Hello all,

    A good friend of mine plays a Willson 2900 (medium shank) in the usual silver. He has had his horn since he was in high school. He graduated with a BA from Ithaca College and got his Master's from RNCM studying under Steven Mead. He has found that a silver finish just doesn't work well for him and would like to purchase a new (or slightly used) 2900 in lacquer. While I have seen these (Charley Brighton plays one), they are unusual.

    Does anyone have suggestions on where he might source a lacquer 2900? I will use Facebook to message Charley and Willi Kurath of Willson but would appreciate your suggestions.

    Doug
    Sterling Virtuoso 1052HS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

  2. #2
    Or...
    A few Willson players have switched to Shires. The Shires horns have a lot of Willson design elements in them, and they do offer a medium-shank version that might please a 2900 player. (I assume Shires are available in lacquer.)
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams Artist (Adams E3)
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  3. I think he is pretty set on a Willson. He has been playing it for 15+ years. I have PM'd Charley and Willi to see what suggestions they have. I have checked Baltimore Brass and Dillon's and they have just silver in stock.
    Sterling Virtuoso 1052HS & Adams E3 Prototype 0.70 Top Sprung valves
    Sterling Virtuoso 1050HS baritone
    New England Brass Band
    Winchendon Winds/Townsend Military Band

  4. #4
    Doug,
    As of this message, the Tuba Exchange has a used 2900L in stock, according to their website. Price is about $6,500.
    Shires Q-40
    Besson New Standard
    Conn Constellation 24i / 25i

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