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The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby Heliconer » Mon May 08, 2017 4:23 pm

Look at this on eBay http://www.ebay.de/itm/201919119356

WOW. Enough said. :tuba:
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby sugawi » Mon May 08, 2017 4:59 pm

What in the world is that? Never seen anything like that.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bububassboner » Mon May 08, 2017 6:09 pm

Played it. Not good. Don't bother with this.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby UncleBeer » Mon May 08, 2017 6:26 pm

What a nightmare! Looks like they didn't give much thought to layout. The 'bottom bow' seems to be the bottom crook from a bass clarinet. Also, although this one says it's in Bb (BBb?) the same instrument appears here and is listed as being in F. Buyer beware.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby kingconn » Mon May 08, 2017 6:40 pm

I see where the corn goes in, but where do the cobs come out?
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby Donn » Mon May 08, 2017 9:08 pm

Well, my guess to the thought behind the layout is, if you crank the bottom bow tight like that, the bell comes through in the center and the whole package is a bit smaller that way. Anyway ... supposedly made by "zo industries", which seems to be Chinese made instruments sold on ebay from Germany.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bort » Mon May 08, 2017 9:41 pm

Sliver with gold plated slides sure looks like a Chinese tuba as well.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bloke » Mon May 08, 2017 10:41 pm

push-me-pull-you...

I can offer them for sale.

I choose to not. :|

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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby edsel585960 » Tue May 09, 2017 1:17 am

I think I'll stick with the Mighty Midget thank you. :)
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby SousaWarrior9 » Tue May 09, 2017 2:46 pm

I looked up the company's website and they seem to have quite a bizarre array of horns, including:
The aforementioned travel tuba
A CC tuba with 4 rotary valves and a fifth piston.
A strange helicon that appears that must be worn on the right shoulder (though I'm not sure by looking at it)
A Euphonium version of the strange helicon.
Some rotary tubas with some bizarre looking bell flares.
Has anyone played any of these?
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bort » Tue May 09, 2017 3:15 pm

SousaWarrior9 wrote:I looked up the company's website and they seem to have quite a bizarre array of horns, including:
The aforementioned travel tuba
A CC tuba with 4 rotary valves and a fifth piston.
A strange helicon that appears that must be worn on the right shoulder (though I'm not sure by looking at it)
A Euphonium version of the strange helicon.
Some rotary tubas with some bizarre looking bell flares.
Has anyone played any of these?


Sounds weird -- can you share a link?
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby SousaWarrior9 » Tue May 09, 2017 3:35 pm

bort wrote:Sounds weird -- can you share a link?

http://www.zoindustrial.com/wap/wapprod ... dex_2.html" target="_blank
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bort » Tue May 09, 2017 3:45 pm

Eew... some things can't be un-seen. :shock:
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby sugawi » Tue May 09, 2017 4:12 pm

So are we to see more of these weird instruments now? Maybe they will be a new Jinbao and in 10 years people will swear how good they are.

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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby SousaWarrior9 » Tue May 09, 2017 4:14 pm

bort wrote:Eew... some things can't be un-seen. :shock:

That helicon is still baffling me. How does one hold it? Is it based off of some obscure existing design or is it some new creation?
Either these folks have come up with some really innovative designs, or these horns are cobbled together without much idea of what they're doing. Either way, I'll remain cautious until I get more information.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby Donn » Tue May 09, 2017 4:26 pm

sugawi wrote:Maybe they will be a new Jinbao and in 10 years people will swear how good they are?


How do you know these aren't Jinbao? That's one difference - this seems to be a marque, not just a make. And a weird one for sure, but they seem to be putting out their own designs under their own name. Maybe some winners in there, who knows.

SousaWarrior9 wrote:Either these folks have come up with some really innovative designs, or these horns are cobbled together without much idea of what they're doing. Either way, I'll remain cautious until I get more information.


Always a good idea, particularly with helicons. Until you've played it, you don't have much to go on.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby Wyvern » Tue May 09, 2017 6:24 pm

I am surprised these have not come up on TubeNet before because they exhibited at NAMM. This is a new Chinese company only established in the last year.

That weird 'travel tuba' is not really a travel tuba in that it is far too big to take on flight as cabin luggage. Must be double the size of Mighty Midget tornister. It, in fact does not play too bad despite its unconventional looks. It is pitched in F.

Of the other tubas, some played reasonably well, while others were awful - while that kind of helicon does not balance. Is a real strain to hold.

But well done on them in trying to innovate and not just clone - even if their success rate is mixed.
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby sugawi » Wed May 10, 2017 2:27 pm

Donn wrote:How do you know these aren't Jinbao? That's one difference - this seems to be a marque, not just a make. And a weird one for sure, but they seem to be putting out their own designs under their own name. Maybe some winners in there, who knows.


I emailed the company and that was their response:
"...We produce the products by ourselves.We don't have any relationship with Jinbao..."
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby bloke » Thu May 11, 2017 9:45 pm

' funny how so many people believe that Jinbao makes everything that's made in China.
Yamaha is made in China...so, by Jinbao, then...??
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Re: The coolest Tuba I have ever seen (Seriously)

Postby The Big Ben » Fri May 12, 2017 12:19 am

They sell a C-flat trombone. I want one.
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