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Postby jbaylies » Tue Apr 18, 2017 3:50 pm

do any exist? or are they so heavy that no one bothers to make them, let alone play them?
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby SousaWarrior9 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:07 pm

Do you mean "contras" as in Contrabass bulges pitched in G, or do you mean "contras" as in slang for BBb marching tubas? If you mean the latter, there are several 4 valve marching tubas. King System Blue and Kanstul to name a couple.
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby jbaylies » Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:53 pm

I meant BBb. Those System Blue tubas look beautiful, thanks. I'm guessing they cost about $8,000 new?
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby DouglasJB » Tue Apr 18, 2017 8:25 pm

King System Blue, Dynasty, and I just found out the other day Kanstul has one too.
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby KevinMadden » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:21 pm

The Kings that Phantom had in the early 2000s were a 3+1 set-up with the fourth in the left hand. I went to the audition camp in 2006 and can't say that I liked that grip very much at all... but they sounded good!
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby masonatha » Tue Apr 18, 2017 11:47 pm

Wessex sells one too! I just checked their website, and it's going for $3450 :)
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Apr 19, 2017 12:48 pm

KevinMadden wrote:The Kings that Phantom had in the early 2000s were a 3+1 set-up with the fourth in the left hand. I went to the audition camp in 2006 and can't say that I liked that grip very much at all... but they sounded good!


I owned one of those for a while - I really liked the "grip", felt balanced. Then I converted it to something else that didn't require me to hold it above me.
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Re: 4-valve contras

Postby jacojdm » Wed Apr 19, 2017 1:13 pm

jbaylies wrote:I meant BBb. Those System Blue tubas look beautiful, thanks. I'm guessing they cost about $8,000 new?



System Blue branded instruments are no longer made by King. The Eastlake made former SB50 is now the King K50, and it is the instrument on which the Blue Devils perform.

The current SB50 that the Blue Devils sell as part of the System Blue series is made by JinBao.
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