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Description
Ultimate BBb Tuba!
  • Key: BBb
    Size: 4/4
    Bore: .772-inch
    Bell: 17.7-inch
    Bell Position: Upright
    Number of Valves: 4 or 5
    Valve Position: Front
    Valve Type: Rotary
    Valve Material: Brass
    Features: Nickel Silver Leadpipe and Wreath
    Case: No
    Mouthpiece: Miraphone TU29
    Finish: Lacquer

Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba
The Miraphone 186 tuba is a standard of the industry and has a great history. Many bass trombonists prefer to play next to a Miraphone 186 as their first choice. The horn has a beautiful, rich sound that carries very well and the intonation is right on the mark. The instrument is comfortable to hold and play.

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"The Great Standard of BB-Flat Tubas"


by James M. Dodd - 5/13/2011 5:22:20 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Non-Traditional Music Education Major Orchestral, Band, Brass Band Houston, Texas
3 people out of 3 found this review helpful

The Miraphone Pro Model 186-4U Tuba is a great instrument for many reasons. I have personally played one for the last four years, and attest to its comfort, playbility, its reliable service, and intonation. First, these instruments are priced within the reach of serious amateurs or working tubists who need a horn that meets the criteria I outlined above. In fact, the next equipment purchase I make will be this instrument with a factory installed fifth valve. These instruments are still made in Germany with quality materials and are solidly built. If taken care of, these horns can last a lifetime. For the money invested, you cannot do any better than this!

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"EXCELLENT TUBA!"


by tubaman - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
playing for 8 years classical, jazz Tijeras,NM
16 people out of 16 found this review helpful

This is an excellent horn, I have never played a tuba with a better sound! It has a rich and dark tone, both a superior high and low range. I have researched and played a number of horns, but found this tuba to play exceptionally well. The intonation is great and easily better than almost any other tuba on the market. I would recommend this instrument to anyone who is dedicated to playing long hours, or is considering a profession in music. I would also like to mention how well built this instrument is, with heavy metal and laquer, unlike many Cerveny horns that can be easily damaged or dented.

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"Tuba for your personnal use."


by Brian - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
six years High School Band/ Jazz/ and Marching Band Indiana
6 people out of 7 found this review helpful

As a young tuba player I have played on the tubas from the bottom of the barrel for most of my life. When it was time to claim my own tuba I was glad it was this one. For one just looking at a picture of this tuba will give you no evidence of its true beauty. Looking at this tuba just makes you say WOW. After you get through the beauty of this tuba the tone and quality is what will get you next. As they say you don't know what a really good tuba sounds and feels like until you've played a really bad one. So trust me when I say this tuba has one of the most amazing note ranges that you can find on a lower level professional tuba. Switching to this instrument has increased my playing by far. Another thing is that this tuba is also very durable for a pro-tuba. I've taken mine on the bottom of coach busses from state to state and it still plays like the first day I got it. Not to mention it takes temperature changes extremely well.

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"Superior General Purpose BBb Tuba"


by Paul Schmidt - 7/28/2009 5:41:59 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Active/Teacher Brass quintet/band/classical/light jazz Chicago
1 person out of 2 found this review helpful

I am a semi-pro tubist who owns a total of nine different tubas, each with its own characteristics from antique to small to large to interesting to cosmetic, etc. The Miraphone 186-4U is my favorite, and it has been played several times a week since the early 1980s when I bought it ($10,000 back then). Coming from experience with an Army band in Germany in the 70s, I had the opportunity to play the German version of this instrument with a local group, and fell in love. The American/export version is basically the same, except (at least back then) the valve spring system was different. Miraphone's 184-4U is one of the most venerable and respected classic tubas in the world, and has a well deserved reputation for excellent all-around playing characteristics and even more so for great build quality. Intonation is very good and not an issue. This is also a very comfortable instrument that is relatively compact for a full-sized (4/4) tuba, with a good balance that makes it easy to hold for hours. The valves are excellent, long lived and quick. The trim is beautiful epoxy lacquered brass and nickel silver. The pro version has a fair amount of engraving trim, although newer ones have less of this than the older ones. If you are primarily a band player and want a single great horn, or of you are buying for a high scholl or college, this is the horn to get.

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"Great tuba, volume, tone, and durability."


by Locke - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
High School Band- Marching Band Classical, Rock (Not on tuba), Marching Grand Blanc, MI
5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

As you can guess, being a tuba in a high school band, these tubas get knocked around. My band has been using these tubas for quite a while, and while they have been in use, our band has jumped from basically nothing, to sixth in the state. These beasts have a great sound. The volume is easily producible, and the tone is top of the line. I personally believe that these instruments are of the best quality. All though they are beat up a little by the people who don?t care about them [ :( ] the instruments are amazing. I highly suggest that this be the tuba that you spend your money on.

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