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FS: B&S Neptune - ON HOLD

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:26 am
by TheHatTuba
Hello all,

For sale is my rotary B&S Neptune. Supposedly, the reason it has "B&S" on the bell instead of "VMI" is because this one was made for a market outside of the USA (not sure if this is true, just something I heard).

Anyways, it is a fantastic, easy to play, large tuba. Pitch is pretty simple, especially with the 2nd valve kicker. The 2nd valve was not vented at the factory like most Neptunes I have seen. It has a few scratches and pings. Included is a B&S gig bag, a second leadpipe and second 5th valve slide (short one for the BBb setting on the 5th valve).

ON HOLD

Here are some pictures (finally).

Please email or PM and questions/concerns. :tuba:

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 5:26 pm
by the elephant
Those are some studly, beautiful tubas. I really prefer the rotary original to the later piston version. It just plays better over all, with better intonation. I want one of these, but never have money when they turn up. Good luck, Hat. This is a beast of a tuba at a fair price. Hope you sell it quickly. Then new owner ought to really love this tuba.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:07 pm
by bloke
pretty slick! :shock:

The tuning (both rotary and piston) is DIFFERENT from the 2165/2265/6450 tuning, as it starts out smaller than those other three (PT-6 bugle, until it reaches the bottom bow) and then ends up larger.

Once you analyze what's going on, you realize that it's actually EASIER to negotiate the quirks of THIS bugle than the quirks of the bugle used on those other three models.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:34 pm
by TheHatTuba
Thank you both for the kind words.

The horn is well enough in tune to begin with, but the 2nd valve kicker makes playing it easy as can be (pretty fun to play with during rests too).

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:10 am
by barry grrr-ero
Good luck with the sale. I certainly like my Neptune for the money that I paid for it. I'm the only tuba player in a concert band of about 40. We also had four percussionists in our most recent concert, so using a Neptune isn't at all 'too big' for that ensemble (Santa Cruz City Band). The second valve kicker works great. It's very difficult to reach the first valve slide, but it's easy to attach an extension with a ring on it. I'm having that done next. I also have a T-bar throw for the main slide, but I can't do real quick adjustments with that.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:06 pm
by TheHatTuba
bump

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Jun 15, 2016 12:59 pm
by bort
It's hard to look away from this tuba. These things are stunning to look at in-person, and are a LOT of fun to play. I wish it would have worked out for me to keep mine. Among other things, it just didn't fit in my car. :(

Bump!

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 10:18 pm
by TheHatTuba
Bump. A Schlipf practice mute can be included in the sale price.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:40 am
by Ian1
This is a REALLY good tuba.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:49 pm
by bisontuba
Very nice!!!

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Thu Aug 18, 2016 5:49 pm
by Peach
As another former owner of THIS particular Neptune I will agree with Ian (who I sold it to) that it is a great tuba.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Fri Aug 19, 2016 11:14 am
by TheHatTuba
Peach wrote:As another former owner of THIS particular Neptune I will agree with Ian (who I sold it to) that it is a great tuba.

Can we get Mike Johnson to chime in too? :D

Probably going to pull this off the market for a while. Bigger than I would like, but it's just easy to play...

(last bump)

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:31 pm
by Huffey14
Still on the market?

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2016 10:54 am
by TheHatTuba
Bump

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 1:08 pm
by jeopardymaster
My one observation from playing my Neptune is that it plays consistently on the sharp side with either leadpipe. My bottom line g slots a trifle higher (depending on the key I sometimes play that note 3-5) but otherwise my horn plays very well in tune with itself, just a tad sharp. And to be clear, that is not a problem, just a characteristic. I don't know if that is due to me (although I doubt it, because I'm usually pretty close with minimal adjustment) or the particular instrument, or is a common issue.

So I'll ask - do you find the need to pull the main slide out more on your Neptune than you do other instruments? And does your choice of leadpipe affect the answer. For what it's worth, I love my Neptune, and love the compliments I get when I use it. I agree that the rotary model is a great instrument (not so the piston model), and that this is a TERRIFIC price for one that's in good shape.

Caveat, in the interest of full disclosure I have not played this one, and do not know the seller.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 7:14 pm
by TheHatTuba
jeopardymaster wrote:do you find the need to pull the main slide out more on your Neptune than you do other instruments? And does your choice of leadpipe affect the answer.

Perhaps yours has a 443 slide? How far is it out? Mine is similar to rest of my instruments (1/2"-1"). I have not switched leadpipes since receiving it, but I can check that over the holiday.

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2016 9:33 pm
by bort
These really are gorgeous tubas! Just wish they would fit in my car!

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 3:16 pm
by TheHatTuba
bump

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 2:03 am
by lucascook
PM sent

Re: FS: B&S Neptune - $7500

PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2017 12:39 pm
by Jamspace
E-Mail Sent :tuba: :tuba: :tuba: