This 6 valve F tuba has excellent intonation and offers a big sound that rivals other F tubas available. Great sound and projection makes this tuba i...Click To Read More About This Product
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This 6 valve F tuba has excellent intonation and offers a big sound that rivals other F tubas available. Great sound and projection makes this tuba ideal for soloist.
.770" to .835" Graduated Bore
15.8" Bell with Nickel Silver Bell Garland
6 Vented Rotary Valve Design with 5 Right Hand and 1 Left Hand
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Comments about Miraphone 281 Firebird Series 6-Valve 5/4 F Tuba:
Disclaimer: This is my first F tuba, and I'm not very good on the BBb anyway. Having said that, this horn is wonderful. It speaks easily, with a beautiful tone, and even having just learned the F fingerings two weeks ago, I find it easier to play melodic passages on than my Conn 4J, which I've had for 45 years. Since I'm not that good, it has to be the horn that invites the fluid playing. I have to concentrate to play the lower register as clearly and musically, but the effort is rewarded. Modern large BBb and CC horns such as Meinl Weston 195/5P Fafner and 6450 Baer are easier for me in the lower register, but the Firebird can get there.
I like the design/ergonomics very much. There are only two water keys (main tuning slide and 5th valve). All other slides face up, and so drain through the main valves. I never have to remove a slide to drain. Once in a while I rotate the horn to collect condensation from the 4th valve wrap, but mostly condensation collects in the upward-facing section near the valve, so this maneuver is rarely needed. In short, the horn is physically a delight to play.
Personally, I'd always want the 6th valve, but I have no basis to say that the 5-valve version isn't a better horn (as one reviewer noted). Also, this is my first extended experience with a rotary valve horn. I like it, and I find it very sensual to play, but I'm not sure that I won't end up with a piston F ultimately. If I do, it won't be any fault of this horn, which I recommend without hesitation if you're looking for a six-rotary-valve F tuba.
Oh, it comes with a TU23 mouthpiece, the smallest that Miraphone provides with an F tuba. I didn't especially like it; I'm using a Denis Wick 2SL, which is a bit larger (and has the same size rim as the 2L that I use on BBb, so again that might just be me).
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