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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 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 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.
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'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.
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.
Tried every modern euphonium this THE best for the price. This euphonium will rock your socks off. It rules it rules buy it. Everyone thinks those Besson/Yamaha ones are good. It rules 8). Just my opinion.
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!!
It's as good as others have said. My only problem is they use plastic valve guides on a quality horn. They may need to be replaced eventually, or the valves will spin in place. Beautiful sounding horn in both high and low range.
I've play tested two of these horns, the now discontinued Conn 19I (exact twin) and a silver plated 2280.
On the plus side: 1)the horn has nice sound, 2)is good for taller players, 3) has large shank mouthpiece receiver 4)has water keys on the 1st and 3rd valve tubing (hard to find in a non- autocompensated horn) and 5)has excellent valve action.
On the minus side: 1)the spring slide tuner that Mr. Rowe mentioned is on the 3rd valve (I would rather see it on the 4th valve tubing) and has no adjustable home position, the 4th valve tubing does however have upper and lower slides which could be helpful for intonation 2)the main water key is directly over the base of the horn, 3)horn will tip over if it is set down inverted.
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.