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    Brass Instruments Made in India

    We have discussed in the past about the low quality of Indian instruments. This video gives that concept more context. They make horns for a huge number of local bands. I assume they are made to be affordable by the XYZ village band. As such they provide a valuable, appropriate product for a great cause! But that doesn't mean it would fit into our market. See what you think...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGubMgSr9rk

    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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    Hmmmm. Quality control, eh? I am not quite sure India is there yet. But keep at it.
    John Morgan
    The U.S. Army Band (Pershing's Own) 1971-1976
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    Black Hills Symphony Orchestra (Bass Trombone), Powder River Symphony, Gillette, WY (Tenor Trombone)
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    I have one of those Tenor Sousaphones that you can easily find on ebay. The quality is basically early 1900s at best, which is to say quite poor but playable (more or less). The slides hold air (barely). The receiver is just step bored to catch the mouthpiece, but actually does. The valves actually work decently after drilling the heck out of the bottom caps. The chrome plating makes for a fantastic wall hanger if that's all your after, but it makes for a slippery mouthpiece. The particular instrument in question is pretty fun to play and with the right mouthpiece and a lot of effort, you can actually play music with it. The build quality has less to do with how poorly it performs than the fact that it's an absurd and stupid design.

    I wouldn't buy a horn from India unless you really want a horn from India.

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    Quote Originally Posted by notaverygoodname View Post
    I wouldn't buy a horn from India unless you really want a horn from India.
    Agreed! But looking at the numbers - 700k villages that may each have multiple bands - and from hearing the quality of the bands they displayed, I think I understand how their market works for them. If I had been born there in a small village, I suspect I would have still wanted to play a horn, and would have been happy to find one I could afford. Music brings joy to the player and joy/comfort the listeners; it's a blessing to be able to participate.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
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  5. Well, at least they talk about the quality of the brass that they use. can't make good instruments without good brass. The company I work for imports some leather goods from india, and some of the brass they use for buttons and fittings is just bad... badly cast, full of inclusions, etc. I don't know what level the foundries in India are like.
    Sterling / Perantucci 1065HGS Euphonium, Yamaha YBB-631S BBb Tuba, and a bunch of trombones.

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    Herewhileback, a local music emporium was using new Indian horns for doorstops. They gave me a free one just because.

    Made a nice flowerpot.

    DG
    1966 Besson 181 highly modified New Standard
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    Yeah, I sense that we're all really bored . . .

    Steve
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    Tenor Sousaphone doing what it does (National Emblem)

    I am very bored. I decided to do what I do best and record myself clamming and desecrating another great piece of music.

    This is a pretty reasonable expectation of what the Tenor Sousaphone from India is capable of. Considering the terrible build quality and helpless design, it's alright.


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