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Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby vespa50sp » Sat Aug 04, 2018 2:57 pm

https://rmn.craigslist.org/msg/d/tuba/6659674792.html

A four valve 3/4 rotary. What's the story with this one? There was a bit of discussion about this on Tubenet awhile back, small bore, apparently like a Wessex "Lightweight" BBb?
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby Mark Finley » Sat Aug 04, 2018 3:02 pm

Yeah, I think Mary Ann had one of those. Might be a steal!
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby bloke » Sat Aug 04, 2018 7:05 pm

Is that the jb copy of the tiny Meinl-Weston 186, or something else?

I'd snatch it up and flip it, but I don't want to be responsible for fixing it.

Meinl-Weston 186 BBb:
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Key : BBb
Bore : .630"
Bell : 15.0"
Height : 35.0"
Valve : 4 rotary valves
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby vespa50sp » Sat Aug 04, 2018 10:43 pm

It is a little confusing to me, Meinl-Weston 186 and Miraphone 186. I didn't realize that the Meinl's with the same model number were that small. Could be a fun horn for a responsible adult in a quintet maybe? I live about 15 miles from this one.
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby bloke » Sun Aug 05, 2018 11:34 am

I suspect (??) the "Anthem" is a Jb product, which defines Jb rotors/linkage/workmanship.
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby egk » Mon Aug 06, 2018 9:59 pm

I picked up this horn today. It’s a jewel! Great range, upper and lower. Quiet, smooth, quick valves. Slides all pull. Minor scratches, a couple of little pings. Nice rolling case with back pack straps. 2 mouthpieces. It’s got a full sound for its size. Kind of a step up from a ybb103.

Let me know if any local guys want to try it out. I did pick it up to resell - but after playing it I’m having second thoughts. (I’ve got a conn 10j and a Martin Handcraft)
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby vespa50sp » Thu Aug 09, 2018 11:12 pm

Nice review, I'm glad that it turned out well for you. Now I regret not looking at it sooner : )
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Re: Anthem A-5000? $600

Postby oldpatterns » Sun Aug 12, 2018 2:44 pm

My son's first tuba was an Anthem. It is a miraphone 186 clone/though a bit heavier. It was a great first tuba for a middle school kid. We bought it directly from the company that imports them. They import them and then check them out - it is a company very much like Wessex. Since they where down the street from me, when my son did something stupid to it (as a middle school kid would). I'd bring it to them to have them fix it. Nice small co.
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