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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 horn is a great horn for a series middle school Euphonium player. I had this horn for 2 years when I was in Middle School and it gave me a lot of success. I had played many of great songs and played with many of great honor bands with this Euphonium. The King 2280 is a great horn to buy because it has a large shank mouthpiece receiver, which allows the player to play really high notes. Bottom line it?s a great horn for a middle schooler.
I have owned a King 2280 for the last five years. In the last year I moved to a compensating euphonium; however, I will never get rid of my King. In fact, I continue to use my King on occasion. The King euphonium offers a very rich, big sound in all its registers, something many other euphoniums struggle to achieve. The player experiences a sense of openness in all its registers, making playing in the higher tessitura just as easy as playing low. Even though it is not a compensating system, this is a horn you can truly keep forever, it is suited for the advanced high school musician up through the studying college student and beyond.
What can I say, this horn is amazing. I purchased it in December of 2002, and haven't regretted it for a minute. To begin with, it is gorgeous. The tone quality is excellent, and it has great intonation. As soon as I played it, I felt like I could play higher and better. Just the feel of it gives me more confidence. The valves move very well, and spring back up instantly after you let them go. The slides are like butter, and it even has a spring loaded trigger. I spent about a year debating whether to buy this horn and shopping around, and now I wish I had bought it right away. If you're not sure, I say go for it and you won't be disappointed.
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.
I have personally played this instrument for two years after it was purchased for me by my school music program. The horn has an unusually rich and full sound. It has a sharply responsive attack when pushed and easily kept in tune on the 4th valve thanks to the spring slide tuner. Although it may not have the professional edge, this horn is highly recommended and was a pleasure to play.
This Horn is one awesome peice of work. My school only has ONE of these and I got to use it! The school has owned it for about Five years but no one ever used it. The 2nd valve slide has some buildup on it but it's right where it needs to be, the 3rd valve slide's ring was missing, so I "borrowed" one from one of our VBstrads. Like everyone else I'm not too happy about the Main water valve being directly over the body, but oh well. It plays like a dream, I recently had a solo in My school's Holiday show, and it was just so beautiful sounding on a 2280. this horn is a 10/10!!!
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!!!
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!!
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.
This horn is great, the only problem I?ve had is the first valve sticking every now and then. Also the plastic valve guides. Overall this is a great horn with no other problems. I found a Yamaha gold plated 59 mouthpiece works great for me on this horn.