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Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby Stephen Shoop » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:27 pm

I have a case that is a perfect fit for a Mirafone/Miraphone 186.... except the tuba must go in with the valves down. In other words... instead of the bell end (wider end) facing left, the bell end faces right. Someone please tell me what brand/model of tuba(s) would be a perfect fit for this case (with the valves up). Thanks.
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Re: Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby Dan Schultz » Fri Feb 09, 2018 8:47 pm

The case is for a top action horn. Possibly a Yamaha YBB-201 or YBB-321. ... about the same size as a Miraphone 186 except the bugle is reversed.

You could probably use the case but beware that the leadpipe will be towards the hinge side of the case and exposed to damage from a bump when set down.
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Re: Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby bloke » Fri Feb 09, 2018 11:43 pm

maybe even a compensating instrument, like a Sovereign BBb.
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Re: Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby hup_d_dup » Sat Feb 10, 2018 8:35 am

You say that the case is a perfect fit, so I assume that when you close the lid the pressure on the valves is not enough to stress the tubing or braces.

When the lid is closed, does it depress the valves straight down or at an angle? If the valves are being pushed straight down, I don't see this as a disadvantage. The valve stems may actually be less likely to be damaged when down than when in the up position.

Changing the tuba for the sake of the case seems a rather extreme solution. If the case is not satisfactory, why not keep the tuba and change the case? (I suspect that your intention actually may be to sell the case, but you just need to find out who might want to buy it)

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Re: Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby Stephen Shoop » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:39 pm

Gentlemen: Thanks for the information. This is an extra case I have had around for a couple of years.
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Re: Tuba Case- Mirafone/Miraphone 186- But Valves Down?

Postby groth » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:04 pm

Works the other way around too, I sold an old German Miraphone case to a guy who stuck a top action Yamaha into it and it fit. He was happy!
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