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Re: BBb tuba

Postby tubaport » Tue May 28, 2019 8:23 pm

If the money is available, I'd recommend the Siegfried at the top of the list. A close second would be the Prokofiev. I own a Prokofiev, have used it for the last few months and have had much success. You'll definitely feel like you're able to provide more bottom to a large ensemble that usual. I find I'm playing my CC less and less in large ensembles, just have to get past some of the usual Bb playing challenges.

The Siegfried, Prokofiev and 6/4 Hagen are really the only Bbs I'd choose in front of CC. Eastman seems to be on the right track with their Bbs (they have the right sound), but their rotary valves were much too slow for me. The good news is there are definitely some great options available!
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Re: BBb tuba

Postby Frank Ortega » Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:28 am


I am playing BBb almost exclusively these days. I still dream about the 6/4 Big Mouth Brass BBb, 4 valve.
I don't think the 5 valve version plays as beautifully as the 4 valve. This was one of the best instruments I've ever played. Resonant, responsive, and well in tune.

This instrument also has peaked my interest, and I still may buy one some day! ... -case.html

Best Rotary BBb on the market in it's price range, and compares well with instruments at twice the value. Very similar in response and resonance to the BMB described above.

If I didn't own my 1932 4 valve front action Martin Mammoth with a fixed upright bell, I would definitely own one of these instruments!

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Re: BBb tuba

Postby bloke » Sun Nov 03, 2019 2:46 am

Siegfried or 195/5P.

Very different, but both offer exceptional intonation, exceptional build quality, are exceptionally easy to play, and sound exceptionally good.

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Re: BBb tuba

Postby joshwirt » Sat Nov 16, 2019 5:36 am

Loving my production Fafner....
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Re: BBb tuba

Postby Michael Grant » Thu Nov 28, 2019 8:30 am

A friend of mine has a B & S GR55. He has had it a number of years now. It plays beautifully. Worth a look.
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Re: BBb tuba

Postby RichWilley » Thu Feb 20, 2020 11:10 am

Mark Finley wrote:If was going to buy any tuba right now, it would be a miraphone hagen. They are Amazing.

I picked up one of these at Dillon Music back in December and am loving everything about it.

I tried a Tuba Exchange model at FMEA in Tampa last month (Chinese made) and it was pretty darned good, but not this good.
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