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WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Heavymetalbandmama » Fri Apr 08, 2016 10:19 am

New to the boards, but have been lurking for a while in search of a tuba.

My HS son is determined to play in the Ohio State Marching band and has started to really focus his efforts on this goal. He is in need of a 4/4 BBb 4-valve tuba with an upright bell. He is interested in Miraphone, Yamaha, King, Conn - anything with a decent sound. Would prefer to stay away from Chinese/Asian imports. Dings and scratches are ok, so long as the sound and performance are not compromised. Hoping to stay under $3K

We seem to be just missing out on ebay and CL sales. If you have something to sell, or see something decent, please PM me. We'd appreciate any help.

Thanks in advance!
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Ken Crawford » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:07 pm

If his goal is to play in the Ohio state marching band maybe a sousaphone would be a better choice.
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby edsel585960 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:28 pm

viewtopic.php?f=4&t=69625" Decent looking Miraphone.
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Three Valves » Fri Apr 08, 2016 1:04 pm

kmorgancraw wrote:If his goal is to play in the Ohio state marching band maybe a sousaphone would be a better choice.


I was thinking along the same lines but the try outs for scales and musicianship are probably on a tuba.

Major in STEM, minor in Marching Band.

That's sound advice!!

I was a walk-on at Delaware so I didn't have to worry about such things...
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Heavymetalbandmama » Fri Apr 08, 2016 2:49 pm

edsel585960 wrote:http://forums.chisham.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=69625" target="_blank" target="_blank Decent looking Miraphone.


Thanks! This is one his teacher likes. We will be checking into it! I never thought buying a tuba could be so complicated. Surprise, surprise.

As far as tuba vs. sousa, he's hoping to make the all-state band. We've been told that Sousa (and recording bells) are not welcomed at all-state :wink:

Thanks, too, for the advice on not majoring in music. I could buy a new horn if I had a dollar for every time I heard this. Fortunately, at this time he's got other career plans and music is going to be a big hobby.

I appreciate all the responses!
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby lost » Fri Apr 08, 2016 3:53 pm

Can't go wrong with an olds 99! :tuba:
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby edsel585960 » Fri Apr 08, 2016 6:24 pm

lost wrote:Can't go wrong with an olds 99! :tuba:
It is true! The O-99's have big sound for their size. http://fortmyers.craigslist.org/lee/msg/5494734825.html" This is one of my horns. It is as close to new as you can get and plays great. Have him major in metalworking then he can repair his own horn. :)
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Heavymetalbandmama » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:32 am

edsel585960 wrote:
lost wrote:Can't go wrong with an olds 99! :tuba:
Have him major in metalworking then he can repair his own horn. :)


Funniest.thing.ever! :lol:
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby edsel585960 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:10 pm

/quote]As far as tuba vs. sousa, he's hoping to make the all-state band. We've been told that Sousa (and recording bells) are not welcomed at all-state :wink: /quote] Buckeye fascists! :)
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby nobody » Sat Apr 09, 2016 7:31 pm

Heavymetalbandmama wrote:Thanks! This is one his teacher likes. We will be checking into it! I never thought buying a tuba could be so complicated. Surprise, surprise.

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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Art Hovey » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:43 pm

I have a couple of tubas that might work for your son:

http://galvanizedjazz.com/tuba/4sale/TubasForSale.html

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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby edsel585960 » Sat Apr 09, 2016 10:56 pm

Art Hovey wrote:I have a couple of tubas that might work for your son:

http://galvanizedjazz.com/tuba/4sale/TubasForSale.html" target="_blank

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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby Tuba5547 » Fri Apr 15, 2016 2:01 pm

I have a BBb 4 valve Amati, full size tuba for sale. Has slight dings & dents, but has a great sound. Played it for 16 years, and recently bought a new Tuba. Please email me at Barlow59@mac.com" target="_blank. I am asking $1500.00 for it. It comes with a nice "Gig Bag", and a Bach 24AW mouth piece. I I've in Bradenton, Fl. 4th Valve stem cap has pearl missing, but I will have this replaced.
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby bloke » Fri Apr 15, 2016 3:03 pm

Miraphone 186 BBb

original lacquer is A- (nice)

formerly sported minor denting (nicely removed).

old enough to be handmade/sheet-metal construction (viewed as "desirable", fwiw).

16-1/2" bell flare diameter

not "worn"

slightly outside your price range at $3500 + shipping (Greyhound preferred by us to reduce the chance of damage)

can knock off $100, if paid by check (rather than by credit card)

us: http://www.citysearch.com/profile/9465065/williston_tn/mid_south_music.html
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Re: WTB Decent BBb 4-Valve Tuba

Postby The Big Ben » Fri Apr 15, 2016 4:33 pm

Art Hovey wrote:I have a couple of tubas that might work for your son:

http://galvanizedjazz.com/tuba/4sale/TubasForSale.html"


The "German 186/25" ala Art looks like a pretty good value.
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