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All tubaphones should have hide heads

Posted by jbalch on Wednesday, September 26, 2012

"I'm just sayin'..."

6 comments on “All tubaphones should have hide heads”

GSCarson Says:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @8:45:54 AM

John, I really love hide heads on Tubaphones. Always had one on my main 10 15/16" player until Clifftop a couple years ago when I actually put my thumb through a thin spot on it one night. That was weird. It was one of Bill Millers. It was that really rainy year but that thing was really sounding great. I've been meaning to try one of your pre mounted ones and go that route again so maybe I'll take your post as a sign and go for it.... Glenn

pastorharry Says:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @10:29:25 AM

Not to mention Whyte Laydies !! (Go for it Glenn).

mainejohn Says:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @11:32:33 AM

I like the look of hide heads on Tubaphones, but in all honesty, I prefer the sound of a 10 15/16" Tbph with a frosted top Remo head. Unfortunately for me, the original necks were angled for 1/2" bridges with hide heads which allow some sag, thus I'm limited to using a hide head (Bill Miller, in this case), as the action just becomes too high and unplayable on my #9 plectrum with the Remo.

DEmery Says:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @1:06:00 PM

John nice looking head on that BR. We will see you soon and try that thing out. David E.

RWJonesy Says:
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 @6:19:44 PM

That's one of John's goat skin heads on my Reiter Regent in my avatar. It does a wonderful job of making the electric tone ring sound so good not to mention it looks cool too. I own a Bill Miller skin head and a John Balch and of the two I prefer John's. He really does a wonderful job with them.

Cottonmouth Says:
Thursday, September 27, 2012 @6:13:29 AM

Both of mine do, one with an original Vega ** calf skin and the other with a Balch *** goat skin. The tone from the Balch head is really what I was hoping for; rich sounding.

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