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King 2280 Series EuphoniumThe King 2280 soloist model EuphoniumThe King 2280 soloist model euphonium has established a new standard for tonal excellence and evenness of scale-the chief attributes of any serious euphonium. This model's duo-bore design (.580"/14.73mm in the first three valves and .600"/15.24mm in the fourth valve) and 11"/279mm seamless heavy yellow brass bell give it a uniquely lyrical sweetness in the upper register and a majestic resonance in the lower.
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This is the euphonium that I played on throughout my high school career. I loved this euphonium and was very reluctant to have to leave it behind. The metal used is rather heavy and allows for a big dark sound. The high notes and low notes are extremely clear and round--while sustaining high notes I sometimes felt the vibrations of the bell as the notes sang out, something I have yet to be able to do on my new Yamaha 642S. Similarly, in comparison with the Yamaha 321, despite the lesser valves, the King 2280 is hands down the better horn for the younger musician. The large shank mouthpiece receiver and the strong core sound of this euphonium make it great not only for the intermediate player, but could certainly carry a semi-pro euphonist towards musical glory!! GREAT HORN!!
I've owned a (lacquer) 2280 since 1982 in my role as a university low brass teacher. The instrument doesn't offer all the niceties of the highest-end compensating instruments, but I've always felt mine to be a good value, worthy of a careful look by anyone who would be considering its competitors in that price bracket (Yamaha, etc.). Mine has proven very durable, and with reasonable care (valve lubrication, cleaning) has held up very nicely in frequent use. It does indeed have a free-blowing, warm tone--I would caution players against feeling that they *have* to pair it with a huge mouthpiece. Intonation: quite manageable. I played a newer one recently, and it pretty much seemed "just like mine" rather than oddly different. Mine has metal valve guides, so I can't speak to the plastic that others comment on. I wouldn't want anyone to buy it without a play-test, but would recommend they give it serious consideration.
This is my schools? horn and I love it. It is the only 2280 my teacher has and he wishes the others were too. It?s was the only euphonium with a clear enough tone to do a solo!!!
Well, I've had this horn a for a few months now, and I guess it's time to write a review. I'm no professional, just a high school student, so I hope to appeal to those my age.
I'll start with the pros: This horn has a wonderful tone, and will start to appeal to you more and more. The fourth is a huge change if you're transferring in from a three valve horn. The tubing on the first and third valves is equipped with spit valves, which are nice, because it reduces the amount of time it takes to empty that spit in the valve tubing. I don't really know what to else to say, except that the pros definitely outweigh the cons, even if the cons seem more numerous.
Here come the cons: The biggest issue for me was getting used to the bore of the horn, having previously played on a Yamaha 201 (I think that's what it was).There are also some issues with horn's build too, like: If you hold the horn at an angle, spit will start to drip out of the fourth valve like crazy (that might just be in my case though). The main water key is positioned directly over the bell curve, which will either force you to empty onto the horn, or hold the horn awkwardly when you empty it. The trigger isn't too useful (though in some cases it can be) and just becomes a pain when you wash the horn (I had to see a professional to replace the spring after I took it out for a horn cleaning). Finally, the valves aren't curved, but lined up, which can be stressful on your fingers.
Overall, this horn is wonderful, but it took me a little effort to break in. However, I can see a bright future for this Euphonium, and I hope to see it live up to King's claim that their horns last decades.
Definitely prefer the valve action on the King (compared to the Yamaha's sometimes sticky valve action). The horn also plays more freely than the 321, especially in the upper range. Great tone & intonation like everyone else is saying. The only negative is the position of the spit valves over the bottom bend (empties out onto the horn). Not a really big deal - definitely happy with the horn.