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The 2280 Legend Soloist features a dual bore design that produces a warm, rich sound that is very responsive. The spring-loaded 3rd valve slide trigg...Read More

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A standard of choice for players and band directors.

The 2280 Legend Soloist features a dual bore design that produces a warm, rich sound that is very responsive. The spring-loaded 3rd valve slide trigger offers easy intonation adjustment making this euphonium a great choice for the advancing soloist while also being a great ensemble instrument.

FEATURES
  • Key: Bb
  • Bore: .580-.600-inch Dual Bore
  • Bell: 11-inch
  • Bell Material: Yellow Brass
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Valves: Nickel Silver Piston
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: Top Action
  • System: Non-Compensating
  • Features: Dual Bore; 3rd Valve Spring Loaded Trigger
  • Case: Yes
  • Mouthpiece: 6-12AL
  • Mouthpiece Shank: Large
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King2280 Series Euphonium
 
4.7

(based on 14 reviews)

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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Recommended by long-term owner

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from Columbus OH

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Beautiful Sound, Once You Get Used to it.

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from Grover Beach, CA

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Quality Horn

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from Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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!!!

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(15 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This horn is amazing!

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from Chicago, Il

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great sound, some maintainance required.

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from Cambridge, MA

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Horn

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from Florida

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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!!!

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(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Well built horn

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from Indianapolis

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Horn for Middle Schoolers

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from Indianapolis, Indiana

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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 itÆs a great horn for a middle schooler.

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(35 of 46 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good & Bad

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from Ingleside, IL

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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(24 of 40 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Wonderful Horn!

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from Schaefferstown, PA

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Comments about King 2280 Series Euphonium:

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.

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