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JP sousaphone (Check out the CASE.)

Postby bloke » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:48 am

We just sold another JP sousaphone locally (and another one two states away, but whatever...), but I thought you might like to see the case. It's very much (extremely similar to) the USA cases you see, but a bit better...

...and yeah, if you like King sousaphones, you will love the JP at half the cost...and no, this ain't your Daddy's (nor your buddy's) Chinese sousaphone. This is a REALLY NICE instrument...
...and one difference between JP and King: The mouthpipe of the JP is nearly the size of Conn (larger bore at the insertion point than King)...so the feel is slightly more open.
another cool thing: included is a nice (what seems to be...??) King #26 replica mouthpiece

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I won't be loading up blokePlace with sousaphones, and orders are probably running 90 days or a bit longer...but (unlike domestic sousaphones at more than double the price, and which sometimes might appear to be hastily-built) not a friggin' year. If you buy one for yourself (or a set for your band) you will really appreciate the build quality, and (if your school owns Taiwan sousaphones, which cost more) you're going to really wish that JP had offered this sousaphone years ago.
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Re: JP sousaphone (Check out the CASE.)

Postby bloke » Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:52 am

OH...
...and we have some of those AMAZING JP-RATH double-rotor bass trombones in stock again...
I'll be unpacking those tomorrow.

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Re: JP sousaphone (Check out the CASE.)

Postby KiltieTuba » Fri Nov 02, 2018 12:55 pm

The main tuning slide looks really long in comparison to the first valve slide - did they change to positioning of the top first valve crook?
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Re: JP sousaphone (Check out the CASE.)

Postby bloke » Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:38 pm

KiltieTuba wrote:The main tuning slide looks really long in comparison to the first valve slide - did they change to positioning of the top first valve crook?


Some re-engineering was done.
As many have noticed "new King" sousaphones differ from "old King" (H.N. White era) sousaphones - as the "old King" sousaphones' main tuning slide bow was wide enough to fit a finger inside the bow to pull out the main slide.

The redesigned King eliminated that single-purpose bow width, so that (my guess) King could use the SAME bow for #1, #2, and main...
...but King then created a problem of the main slide being difficult to grasp and pull.

JP's design doesn't retreat to the "old King" design, but shifts things around so that the main slide (which - on a sousaphone - is usually the only slide that could end up being regularly needed to be moved - due to temperature fluctuation, etc.) extends out well past the #1 slide, which offers a way to grasp and pull the main slide much more easily.
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