John Packer JP379B Sterling Bb Tuba
The JP379B is a fantastic quality instrument suitable for pro players who are looking for a large bore, but smaller and more compact tuba to play in orchestras. The tuba would also fit in well in concert bands and wind bands if the tuba part was for a larger instrument. Created in collaboration with Paul Riggett of Sterling Brass, the JP379B represents a fusion of professional level Sterling components and design with the affordability and durability normally associated with the JP brand. The JP379B Sterling Tuba is much like its larger brother, the JP379BB Sterling, but slightly smaller at 3/4 size rather than a full 4/4.
The JP379B Sterling Tuba has been designed and manufactured in close collaboration with Paul Riggett of Sterling Brass. Widely respected as one of the leading designers and manufacturers of brass instruments in the UK, Paul previously worked as a production manager at Boosey & Hawkes before creating Sterling brass in 1987. The JP379B Sterling B Tuba incorporates an exclusively designed trademark Sterling lead-pipe. Constructed from high grade 80:20 brass, the JP379B features 4 in-line rotary valves, is of a 3/4 size and features carriage rings and a lyre box.
The JP379B is supplied with a mouthpiece and comes with a lightweight case. The case includes hard wheels and an ergonomic pull strap and handle and features a large storage pocket for sheet music and small accessories. Internally, there are also several compartments for small accessories.
John Packer JP379B Sterling Bb 3/4 Tuba Specifications:
- Model: JP379B Sterling
- Key: Bb
- Bell Size: High Grade Brass 400mm (15″)
- Valves: Rotary 4
- Bore: Large 20mm (.787″)
- Water key: Lever 1
- Body: High Grade Brass
- Finish: Lacquer
- Lyre Box: Yes
- Mouthpiece: Yes
- Leadpipe: Sterling deisgned
- Instrument Weight: 8.6Kg (19lb 0oz)
- Weight with case: 19.2Kg (42lb 3oz)
- Box Dimensions: 109x69x76cm (43x27x30in)
- Boxed weight: 32.5Kg (71lb 6oz)
John Packer JP379B Sterling Bb 3/4 Tuba Reviews:
I love this horn! Compact but it plays like a much larger horn. I’m just a hack community band player but I love the way it looks and sounds. Been playing a 186Bb for 25 years and this is every bit its equal. Notes that I have trouble hitting clearly on the Miraphone (D in the staff in particular) are right there on this horn. If I had a quibble it would be the weight. It’s small but not light, but that’s a very small quibble in comparison to a great-sounding horn.
If you would like this horn check out this one by O’Malley!
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