Ok, so I did something I have never done before--created an account, which I hate--just to write a review of Mid-South Music. I have a 14 year old daughter who is a developing tuba player. She had outgrown her 3/4 rental tuba and wants to join our local youth symphony. Calling around locally, most places wanted to sell me a Chinese-made tuba that did not interest me at all. I found a restored 1970s Miraphone for her listed from Mid-South Music on Tubenet that looked really interesting. (By the way--tubenet? A whole community of tuba players? Isn't the internet great?) \r
Her tuba teacher called and talked to Joe, who answered all his questions about the origin of the tuba and how Joe had restored it. Joe and I dealt on a handshake--to save him the interchange fees on a credit card I sent him a check and he sent me the tuba. (If you are having a tuba shipped, I now know you must ship the case and tuba separately--counterintuitive, but true). \r
The tuba is gorgeous. It is in excellent condition, it has the craftsmanship it is harder to find these days, and the sound and tone (even to a non-musical person like myself) is head and shoulders above our previous rental. My daughter's tuba teacher is ecstatic about the tuba. \r
I live in Silicon Valley, and I can tell you I wouldn't write anyone here a check on an online handshake. It was a pleasure to deal with someone as straightforward as Joe, who was so interested in finding a good home for this awesome tuba.