Re: New Sousaphones
Posted by Suggestion.. on 9/30/2022, 10:09 am, in reply to "New Sousaphones"
Conns are not made the way they used to be built. I used to own two that were made in 1953 and 1957, They were tanks and I had no problem with their durability. |
The new Conns have plastic trim (that comes off quickly when the glue gives out) and they just can't seem to correct the issues with the gooseneck receiver. This is the instrument's Achille's heel. They have placed all kinds of bracing to address it, but the only real solution is to make the metal thicker, like in the past.
I also had trouble with the bottom bow developing holes where the instrument is inevitably placed on the ground (cement, asphalt, etc.). Since the metal is thinner, they just can't handle the rigors of high school marching band. My solution was to buy "Sousa Savers" which are fiberglass shields that fit on the bottom bow right where the instrument contacts the ground when placed down. Forget the leather (or leather-like) covers. They don't prevent dents like the Sousa Savers. They only prevent scratches.
I don't know about the Kings, other than they could be more manageable by smaller students. The Conns are still really big in comparison.
Same about Yamahas. I heard some complaints, but that was years ago. They could have improved.
'Hope this helps.