Written on: 05/02/2006 by Wrightfamily30 (4 reviews written)
Very cheap compared with everything else.
Very poor tuning on 4th valve.
Some lack of build quality.
I bought a 4 valve euphonium from Tristar of India in the new year of 2006 for just over £100.
The instrument looks nice, being in bright silver plate and nicely proportioned.
I would suggest that its size makes it particularly suitable for children. I'm used to B & H Imperial and Sovereign models, and I found this much smaller and lighter; more like the Salvation Army Bandmaster that I played as a boy. Also, being medium bore (though I'm not sure exactly what the bore is on this instrument), it takes less puff than a Sovereign!
It makes a lovely, fruity sound and I've found it to play in tune throughout the 3 valve register. The 4th valve however, is just about useless. It is sharp, even with its tuning slide fully extended, on bottom G, and it just gets worse as you descend towards pedal C.
There are build quality issues. I removed the 2nd valve slide yesterday to clean and empty it, and I had terrible trouble getting the slide back in because of a slight misalignment of the tubing. Also, one of the stays has come unsoldered.
It came with a rather flimsy 'gig bag', and a basic but serviceable mouthpiece.
Since you can't even get an old B & H Imperial for less than £500; and even Amati and the like are usually well above £300, picking up a serviceable euphonium for about £100 has to be a good thing for a parent wanting an instrument for a child to start on. Should they give up after a few months, there's so much less to lose.
Recommended then, as a student instrument to get started on, but maybe the cheaper 3 valve version makes more sense.
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