John Packer JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba
The John Packer JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba is the perfect instrument for a professional player looking for a great quality tuba for a fraction of the price of its competitors. With a large bore, and clear intonation, this tuba would sit perfectly at the back of a top section brass band. It produces a fantastic sound with a good solid core and it is in tune all the way up the scale. It is very clear to see that the John Packer makers, along with Paul Riggett of Sterling musical instruments, have spent a great deal of time dealing with the traditional problems of these instruments and have come up with fantastic solutions.
The JP378 Sterling is constructed from high grade brass (80:20) ensuring the instrument is both durable whilst improving sound quality. The large 19″ bell and .730″ bore also contribute towards an improved sound quality and increased acoustic projection. The instrument features a carefully configured fully compensating system ensuring that accurate tuning and and alternate fingering is possible.
The JP378 Sterling comes supplied with a mouthpiece and The JP378 Sterling comes supplied with a mouthpiece and the John Packer JP861 Pro Lightweight BBb Tuba Case.
John Packer JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba Specifications:
- Model: JP378 Sterling, JP378S Sterling
- Key: BBb
- Bell Size: High Grade Brass 490mm (19.29″)
- Valves: Piston 4
- Bore: Large 18.54mm (0.730″)
- Water Key: Lever 4
- Body: High Grade Brass
- Finish: Lacquer (JP378 Sterling)
- Finish: Silver Plated (JP378S Sterling)
- Lyre Box: Yes
- Mouthpiece: Yes
- Leadpipe: Sterling design
Reviews for the John Packer JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba:
JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba
It was a rare pleasure to meet up with a new BBb on the market. Especially one that blew so well straight away. The new JP378 Sterling in lacquer came straight out of the wrapper and felt right, the fourth valve was sensibly placed and the playing position didn’t tug at my dodgy back either. I was curious to see it had a tapered lead pipe that fed into a valve block that was very well laid out and used straight through piping where possible. It looked well made with a decent finish. So far, so good then. It got better when I gave it a decent blow in all registers and on full volume it didn’t break up and produced one of the nicest tones I have heard for quite a while. Played quietly, it was a really nice blow. It was in tune also – without messing with the first valve slide “a la Sovereign”. I was pleased that the stays and construction were beefed up, apparently taking account of having a hard life in front of it. It came in a robust, wheeled hard case, which had decent sized wheels and had good fittings inside (including a music compartment). Only criticism were the rather strong valve springs fitted to this one. The valves didn’t look as though they needed them this strong, sure they will wear in but I would try weaker ones. Would I like one? Yes. Would I swap a Sovereign for one? Probably yes, especially considering this would cost me nearly a new euphonium short of the Sovereign. It seems another collaboration with quality instrument makers Sterling has produced the goods. I would happily take one anywhere and would expect it to match well with any other bass out there.
JP378 Sterling BBb Tuba
“Rolls-Royce valves” was the immediate comment. “This will take one hell of a player to find its limits.”
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