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Description
Outstanding Pro Performance!
  • Key: BBb
    Size: 4/4
    Bore: .812-inch
    Bell: 16-1/2-inch
    Bell Position: Upright
    Number of Valves: 4
    Valve Position: Front
    Valve Type: Rotary
    Valve Material: Brass
    Features: Gold Brass Leadpipe; Yellow Brass Body and Bell
    Case: Plastic Shell Case with Wheels
    Mouthpiece: Yamaha 67
    Finish: Lacquer

Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba
The 641 offers the player a sound that is reminiscent of the best European tuba makers.



The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba is a fine instrument built in the German tradition and modeled after the early Meinl Weston models. This tuba features a .812" bore with 4 rotary valves designed for superior sound and excellent valve action. This tuba is well suited for any type of playing. The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba includes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer (YBB-641) finish.


The Yamaha YBB-641 has a traditional German sound with a tubing wrap reminiscent of the early Meinl Weston instruments, the long leadpipe and bell of a Miraphones and the resonance of a Cerveny. This horn is a well blended combination that has a voice all its own. All Yamaha wind instruments carry a limited 5-Year warranty.


Hand-Lapped Rotary Valves
Hand-lapped valves involves a time-consuming finishing process which results in superior valve fit for noiseless, responsive action and easy tone changes.


Hand-Lapped Slides
Hand-lapped slides achieves the perfect balance between air tightness and smooth action.


Nickel-Silver Spatula Keys
Carefully positioned nickel-silver spatula keys are strong and are capable of comfortable fast fingering.


Ball Joints for Rotary Valve Levers
The Yamaha-developed ball joints for the rotary valve levers are durable, yet achieve silent operation and light action.


Leadpipe
The long leadpipe contributes to a beautiful, dark, smooth tone which blends well with other instruments.


Tuning Slide Position
The careful positioning of the tuning slide makes it easier to adjust the slides while playing.

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"hurray!"


by tessa - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
university music student band canada
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This is a lovely horn. I love it.

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"Decent"


by Tuba Guy - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
8 years all FL
2 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I play this tuba in my band and it is ok... it is a step up from the baby tubas... you know the little 3 piston valve switched bell side things... The volume is what makes this a good tuba; it plays VERY loud when you want it to. The 4th valve can be a bit of a problem sometimes because it changes tune dramatically with the weather so I recommend playing your Cs and low Fs with the 1-3 combination. The 4th valve will also stick in cold weather even though it?s a rotary valve so that another reason to substitute it often with 1-3.

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"its ok....."


by Conner Roberts - 8/28/2009 5:05:44 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Monroe, Ga
1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

This tuba is great for intermediate players, but if you are looking to buy your own, there are much better horns for the price. The valves ore ok, but are really slow compared my old Miraphone. I much prefer larger bells on instruments, but this one does the trick for an high school player. Overall, if you want a good tuba for the price, there are better, but this one works great for the advancing student player.

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"Good, but.... "


by Josh - 2/28/2012 10:38:09 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
University Wind Ensemble Contemporary Wind Band Mankato, MN

These horns play well, and have a pretty decent sound. I have played one for several years in a university wind band, and it always served me well. I would say that the low register is a real fault point, as least for me on these horns it was always stuffy (could be a mouthpiece mis-match as well). The real problem is PRICE. This horn would be well worth the money...if it were 2,500 less.

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"AMAZING TUBA!!!"


by Adam Keith - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Student/ some free lance gigs Jazz, classical, pop, funk, rock, bossa, movie music Provo, UT
12 people out of 17 found this review helpful

This horn has an awesome sound! It has a VERY good range (can hit a ledger line Bb above and below the staff with ease), a nice, warm tone, and responds very well. I love this tuba!

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"If you're expecting a Miraphone, you'll be disappointed"


by John - 6/30/2011 11:25:07 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
US Army bandperson, Div 1 university wind ensemble- principal tuba, Iowa
5 people out of 5 found this review helpful

I've played 2 different 641s now and both times I've been disappointed. On both horns, the entire bell rings after I play an Eb (in and just below the staff). It is quite obnoxious. It ruins the response on any note following an Eb because you have to overcome the continuing vibrations in the bell to change notes. It doesn't ring like that on any other note, but every Eb you play will have you fighting for the next note. The horn is fairly free blowing and generally has a big sound, but the response is not nearly as tight as any miraphone I've played. The couplings/connections between the rotors and the valve "lever" seems like they cut corners and copied a generic rotary valve design. They don't feel solid or even compare to a real German tuba. If you are a high schooler, this is a good intermediate tuba, but this is no "professional" tuba. It is way overpriced and you could get a comparable tuba for half the price, or a real, well made tuba for the price of this horn.

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"Wonderful fully made great performing"


by aaron - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
symphonic band classical alabama
2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

This instrument is an excellent instrument; it plays great and looks even better. The valves are a little harder to take care of, but they are very responsive and perform very well when playing at a fast tempo. This tuba is a major step up from my old Conn 12j, but I'm I have taken the step. Also, if you're looking for a new professional rotary tuba the 641 is tuba for you.

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"Ehhh."


by Rich - 1/28/2009 9:45:19 AM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Drum corps, Orchestras, Wind ensembles the kind you hear Ohio
2 people out of 4 found this review helpful

These are ok horns if you are just getting into the "big boy" stage with tuba. I use a LOUD LM 4 mouthpiece with this and the low range opened up quite a bit. When I use other mouthpieces, the low range seems stuffy to me. The valves are about 30 times slower than a Miraphone's but they work pretty well and don?t give too much trouble. If you want a better than average student horn, go for it. By the way, these are built like tanks....very very thick instruments. Great for high school students. =]

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"Built Tough!"


by Matt - 11/17/2009 8:14:58 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Community band Classical, Polka Oregon
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

Tuba's are expensive, and well Yamaha's 641 is pricey! But you get a tuba that will perform and perform. This tuba is built like a tank. It can take the hardships with grace compared to a Miraphone. It plays very well for a tuba in the semi-professional level. It does nothing really extrodinary for a tuba, but it will play in tune. Sound is generic no real awesome overtones like other pro tubas but then again it really does not have any bad notes. For a player who plans on using one horn for school, college, or recreation it really cannot be beat. It also has readily available parts and is made very... very well. If taken decent care of will last lifetimes of steady use.

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"Excellent Horn"


by Lance - 5/21/2010 4:52:24 PM  Share
Musical Experience: Style of Music: Hometown:
Tuba Major/player in semi-pro orchestra, director of Alger County Band Traditional band, orchestra, Solo works Marquette, Michigan
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

This horn truly is an exceptional instrument. The 641 is superior to its miraphone counterpart, in both sound, (this is darker) and has a much smoother lighter action with the rotary valves. Anyone that would choose a mirapone over this is a fool. I use the Yamaha YBB 641 in both orchestral settings as well as band, its a one of a kind very versatle instrument. I ENCOURAGE all my students to get their hands on one! Definately worth the money! If its out of your price range the Miraphone equillivent is ok, but it has more resistance, and I feel its not as responsive. Older Miraphones are ok, I prefer those over the miraphones being sold now!

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