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Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba  186-4V Gold Brass 4 Valve Nickel-Silver Slides 

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The Miraphone 186 Pro Series 4/4 BBb Tuba is the world-famous, true powerhouse in the tuba world. This Miraphone 186 tuba features a .772 in. bore an...Click To Read More About This Product

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Popular BBb tuba with great projection, intonation.

The Miraphone 186 Pro Series 4/4 BBb Tuba is the world-famous, true powerhouse in the tuba world. This Miraphone 186 tuba features a .772 in. bore and 17.7 in. bell designed for excellent projection and intonation. It is available in a professional version with nickel-silver slides and trim in lacquer with 4 valves.

A case is not included.

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.

FEATURES
  • Key: BBb
  • Size: 4/4
  • Bore: .772 in.
  • Bell: 17.7 in. 
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: Front
  • Valve Type: Rotary
  • Valve Material: Brass
  • Features: Nickel Silver Leadpipe and Wreath
  • Case: No
  • Mouthpiece: Miraphone TU29
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Miraphone186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba
 
5.0

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Great Standard of BB-Flat Tubas

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from Houston, Texas

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

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!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Superior General Purpose BBb Tuba

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from Chicago

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

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.

(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great tuba, volume, tone, and durability.

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from Grand Blanc, MI

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

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 donÆt care about them [ :( ] the instruments are amazing. I highly suggest that this be the tuba that you spend your money on.

 
5.0

this tuba kicks butt

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from san antonio

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

This tuba has the nicest sound and tone out of many of the tubas I have played.the tone is perfect and this tuba is easy to play in the high or low register. This tuba looks nice plays nice and is worth the money

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great All Around Instruments

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from Houston, TX

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

I currently play on a 1974 model with the shorter bell. I have also played some that were a bit older. For an individual who desires a solid, general purpose tuba, and this one will do the job. They are made well, parts are easy to obtain, and play in tune. For someone who is a serious tubist and is pursuing Music Education, this one is a great choice. These horns are on the smaller side, which is beneficial to a person of smaller stature. The other great choice would be the 187.

(21 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

EXCELLENT TUBA!

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from Tijeras,NM

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

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.

(15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full Sound with Great Centered Tone

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from Long Island, NY

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

This instrument will provide you with a great full sound and a tonal center whether you are playing at the bottom ledger lines or on a date with "Peepo" up at the high end of the horn. Intonation within the horn is almost flawless once you adjust it to your specific playing style and embouchure requirements. The finish is superior and the dimensions are very easily handled by folks who are smaller in stature. WWBW had the instrument is stock and it was shipped in a very timely manner by freight; packaging was excellent for this German made tuba with enough Styrofoam peanuts to keep it safe on the crossing overseas.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it.

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from Pen

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

The horn is pretty flexible intonation wise. If you take care of the slides, you can tune valves 1, 2, and 3 while you're playing. Being a BBb horn, it maintains relatively accurate tuning throughout. The keys are silent and the action is very good; little movement is necessary to fully depress the keys. I have found one con to this horn and it's just looks. The finish had some blemishes throughout the horn. The bottom had very thin clear coat causing it to be rough and I found several small black circles under the clear finish. Hardly noticeable though. This is a quality horn and deserves to be in your top considerations if it meets your price range.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best All around tuba

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from California

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

Take it from me. I am a high schooler, and no tuba has been better to me than my 186. Even though my personal horn dates back to the 50s (Serial # 1313), Miraphone is still pumping these babies out and I recommend these to anyone. Middle school, high school, even college hobbyists. This horn rocks my socks off!

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tuba for your personnal use.

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from Indiana

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Comments about Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba:

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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