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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby tubeast » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:59 am

I guess it would be interesting to put the horn´s weight in relation to the weight of its user.
My big one (Willson BBb with a 5th valve) weighs about 15 kg, which will be roughly 12% of my body mass.
Not THAT much, really.
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby Lee Stofer » Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:23 am

GB-50/G-50 5-valve CC/Stofer 5-valve CC...........23 lbs. The instrument is short and compact, but a full 4/4 size tuba.

Having weighed and shipped so many tubas over the past 20 years, I'd guess that greenbean's weight for the King 2350 sousaphone would be accurate, only if the case was included.
Valves are the single heaviest component in a tuba. I was impressed several years ago when I worked on an older Mirafone 185 4-rotor CC tuba. It tipped the scales at 13 lbs. If you want a lighter-weight tuba and do not want to downsize to a smaller tuba, find a comparable size with less valves. Playing a fine instrument with less valves is OK, really.
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby toobagrowl » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:09 am

I played King sousas back in the day, including the 2350, and the only way one would weigh over 50 lbs is if it was complete in it's hard wood case :!:
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby greenbean » Thu Oct 18, 2018 12:48 pm

Just to be clear... the 55 lb sousaphone was not mine. I was questioning the plausibility of a 55 lb souza!

I do own one sousaphone...

A fiberglass Olds: 15 lb
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby toobagrowl » Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:04 pm

@ greenbean, I know you were responding to iceepirate. I agree with you. I think Mr. Stofer got your post confused with his.

I also have a fiberglass sousaphone -- a Selmer Signet. It plays very well, I need to weigh it sometime. :P
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby Donn » Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:31 pm

I think I've seen people claim weights in the vicinity of 50lbs for the Conn 40K. Mine's 31lbs.
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby IceePirate » Fri Oct 19, 2018 8:32 am

Maybe I was getting the model wrong then, it was a king sousa though. And I did weigh it, it came to around 55lbs.
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby Bill Troiano » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:41 am

I asked Sam Gnagey to make me one of his CC tubas, but with only 4 valves. I received it via UPS yesterday. It plays great. I'm thinking of using it as a jazz tuba when I don't want to lug my sousaphone around. It has a 19.5 in York bell and bottom bow with the King 2341 valve set. I also asked Sam to install 2 strap hooks, as I plan to stand with it a lot.

Anyway it weighs 20.6 lbs.
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby Mike C855B » Wed Oct 31, 2018 10:58 am

greenbean wrote:... Am I right in thinking these are ballpark estimates? And that you never actually used a scale?...

Circumstances can distort perception. If you had asked me right after the one time ...thankfully... I had the "opportunity" to march in the Rose Parade, I would have told you my Conn sousaphone came in at, oh, 600, maybe 700 pounds. :P
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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby bort » Wed Oct 31, 2018 11:07 am

Bill Troiano wrote:I asked Sam Gnagey to make me one of his CC tubas, but with only 4 valves. I received it via UPS yesterday. It plays great. I'm thinking of using it as a jazz tuba when I don't want to lug my sousaphone around. It has a 19.5 in York bell and bottom bow with the King 2341 valve set. I also asked Sam to install 2 strap hooks, as I plan to stand with it a lot.

Anyway it weighs 20.6 lbs.


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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby Bill Troiano » Thu Nov 01, 2018 8:27 am

Here's a picture of the tuba from Sam's shop before he shipped it to me. I'll clean it up a little. I might even paint the main body, but not the bell.

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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby dmmorris » Fri Nov 02, 2018 3:31 pm

My B&S, BBb, 6-banger: 23.2lb
beta 14??..........OK!

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Re: HOW MUCH DOES YOUR TUBA WEIGH?

Postby toobagrowl » Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:11 pm

Finally got around to weighing a couple sousas......

-- An old beat-up Elkhart Conn 14K sousaphone that someone gifted to me. It needs a lot of work: 21.5 lbs (no neck/bits)
I hope to ressurect this sousaphone and hopefully make it playable again.


-- My old Selmer Signet sousaphone (complete): 17.5 lbs. When I bought this sousaphone years ago, it also needed parts and a little TLC. The valveset itself is HEAVY, made of thick brass and bracing. I noticed this when I took it apart to clean it years ago. This sousaphone looks and plays much better than when I first got it :tuba:


IceePirate wrote:Maybe I was getting the model wrong then, it was a king sousa though. And I did weigh it, it came to around 55lbs.


Maybe a King 'Jumbo' :?:

dmmorris wrote:My B&S, BBb, 6-banger: 23.2lb


Probably a custom-order tuba :!: How does it play?
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