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Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 10:39 am
by BrassKicksArse
Looking at a horn for college. I'm not too partial to CC or BBb, just wondering what everyone is thinking is a good all around tuba. I've been playing on a B&S 3103.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:13 am
by Doc
Your 3103 isn’t exactly a bad tuba. And with a budget of $4K, you might not do much better. Just sayin...

But you really want a different tuba and it has to be under $4K, and it needs to be a good player, you should consider a used King 2341 (new model) or an older Miraphone 186. But for a bit more, you could find a used Eastman 632 CC. In the $6K to $10K range, you’d have a ton of options. Maybe keep the 3103 and work/save like a madman for a while...?

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:41 am
by Sousaswag
I've got a 5 valve piston VMI in your price range.. it's a great tuba. Model 3302. Check it out in the for sale forum!

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=89846

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 9:27 pm
by Steginkt
If you own the 3103, I'd keep it until after freshman year, save like mad, then sell it and get something with the help of your professor.
If not, I'd borrow whatever horn your new college will have for a year and save like mad, then get a horn with the help of your professor.
Barring that, the FB Tuba/Euphonium Marketplace page tends to have a better offering of instruments in your price range.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Mon Dec 03, 2018 11:48 pm
by Dan Schultz
I have a Marzan (Bohm & Meinl) CC for well within your price range.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:00 am
by tclements
There are many used Mirafone, B&S, Meinl-Weston 4/4 tubas in your price range. This would be a good place to start.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Wed Dec 05, 2018 9:27 am
by swillafew
There are many used Mirafone, B&S, Meinl-Weston 4/4 tubas in your price range. This would be a good place to start.


In the spirit of agreement with the quote, there is the price of buying it vs. the cost of owning it. I had one horn that changed hands both times at the exact price, which amounted to me having the free use of it while owned it. It was a fantastic horn too, I only sold it because I didn't practice it enough. I think it was about 30 years old, still looked and played great.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:40 pm
by michaelrmurrin
Wessex tubas are worth checking out. In 2012 at ITEC I tried a Wessex 5/4 CC tuba priced at 2000 Euros (which I think was around $2500 at the time) and it was a very very good horn. While they have a few options to choose from (including 4/4 horns), it looks like they are currently sold out of their CC tubas under $4000: https://wessex-tubas.com/collections/cc-tubas

And they have BBb tubas available as well but it looks like they're currently sold out of their 4/4 BBb's as well: https://wessex-tubas.com/collections/bbb-tubas

They're worth keeping on your radar - I'm only recommending them because I've tried out 2 of their tubas (a 5/4 CC and a 6/4 CC) and to me they're very good, professional-level horns for a pretty good price.

I also agree with the statements above that looking for used Miraphone, B&S, and Meinl Weston horns is also a very good place to start.

And for any horn, trying out the horn before you buy it is, of course, ideal if that's a possibility.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 10:44 am
by greenbean
tclements wrote:There are many used Mirafone, B&S, Meinl-Weston 4/4 tubas in your price range. This would be a good place to start.


This is your best advice, right here.

Re: Best tuba for around 4k~

PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2018 4:28 pm
by bloke
something that offers easy intonation (slide-pulling for a FEW pitches, but NOT for MOST pitches), and something that offers trouble-free pistons or linkage-and-rotors, and pairs of slide tubes that are factory-aligned with care.

There are plenty of offerings out there that do ~NOT~ fit within these requirements - below, at, and above your stated price point.

Dale Phelps, a no-nonsense person who was goaded into leaving the group, would reply :arrow: "Ask your teacher" to such inquiries of the TubeNet Freak Jury.