Stofer 4/4 Custom CC tuba – .687″ valve bore, 19 3/16″ bell diameter, 31 1/2″ tall, bright silver plated or lacquered, either traditional vented, or MAW vented pistons, convertible to BBb, with case. After 20+ years of dreaming, apprenticing, praying, working and hoping, here it is, a professional 5-valve CC tuba built in my shop by the Grace of God. Based on the Getzen tubas built between 1993 and 2001, I have sought to correct all the details of that model, incorporate improvements such as the MAW pistons, and spent an enormous amount of time performing the most thorough and careful soldering job possible in assembling this instrument. Particular attention to optimizing the leadpipe taper and bracing takes this instrument to a level never found in the Getzen instruments, making it really play like a York tuba. To keep with the old-school quality construction, after buffing and hand-ragging, I have Anderson Silver Plating of Elkhart, Indiana plate the silver-plated models. The instrument is also available with a baked-on epoxy lacquer finish. I find the instrument to be profoundly responsive and easy-to-play, remarkably consistent in response and intonation throughout the entire instrument, with very light and quick valves, and a York-like tone quality that I would describe as a dark core of sound surrounded by a clear edge. The tuba has reference rings cut into the upper valve slides, so that the slides can be pulled to them, the stop arm removed and the rotor turned 90 degrees, and the instrument becomes a fully-functional BBb tuba where actuating the thumb rotor gives you a great pedal C, and thumb-2 is a clean B-natural, making this both a fully-chromatic CC or BBb tuba. In the 40+ years that I have been playing tuba, this is the most flexible and agile tuba I’ve ever played. If this is the sort of 4/4 CC that you’ve been seeking, feel free to call or e-mail and discuss making this instrument yours. With mouthpiece and MTS hard case………………………………………………………$14,995.00
Update: pictured above is serial #0002. Serial #0004 is in process, being built to the same specifications. Serial #0005 is finished and available, also silver-plated, with vented traditional pistons and an elaborate 1920’s-style engraving. Please call for more information.