Westminster Instruments

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by jmh3412, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. jmh3412

    jmh3412 Member

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    Hi,

    does anyone have any experience of Westminster Brass instruments that are making a showing up here in the north (sadly not the old Besson Westminster models - but a new outfit completely) Are they chinese clones or something different??
     
  2. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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  3. Aussie Tuba

    Aussie Tuba Member

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    not sure why their information page mentions Boosey & Hawkes. Their downloadable pdf only shows non compensating instruments so I would only look at them as student level at best.
     
  4. Johncornetflugel

    Johncornetflugel New Member

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    The picture of the factory looks more Indian than Chinese to me - Didn't B&H/Besson have a factory in India?
     
  5. jezza23361

    jezza23361 Member

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    I would say that the fact that they refer to their 'Westiminster' range would make me nervous - if you can't actually spell the name of your own range on your website ........
     
  6. alks

    alks Member

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    looks like a Indian / Chinese factory make it with some uk distributor branding it up and doing the selling. I fail to see how they can be 'renowned for being free-blowing, well balanced and comfortable for all players' like it says on their website. They may be all of these things but not 'renowned'. Their website is not the greatest either - could do with a bit of work on it.

    alks
     
  7. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    A clue might be in their address ... Hughes Partnership Ltd, The Limes, 38 Edgwarebury Lane, Edgware, Middex, HA8 8LW, United Kingdom
     
  8. Thirteen Ball

    Thirteen Ball Active Member

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    Someone still makes three-valve non-compensating tubas? :shock:

    They better be cheap. And even then I'd say you'd probably be better off with a sound-but-slightly-tatty 4-valve Imperial.....
     
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