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Re: Marching Baritone--preferred brand
Played both in various groups. They're both good but I prefer the Yamaha. The Yamahas, especially the large shank Yamahas sound more like a Euphonium. Valve caps on the King corroded easily...the valves are also kind of screwy on the Kings....easy to get turned around; they rotate within the cylinder and can sometimes get misaligned.
King had stellar build quality once upon a time...I'm not saying it's still like that since I haven't played on any of the newer Kings in the past 10 years, but I think both brands can produce duds.
If I had the opportunity to get a few new marching baritones, should I go Yamaha or King?
Those are the only two brands I'm interested in--would appreciate your input everyone. Thanks!