The JP077 Eb Tuba aims to provide well-constructed entry level student instruments at an attractive price but also with a good performance. This instrument clearly has a place in the education system and with training bands and works well not only as a student model but also for the more ‘mature’ player looking for a lightweight tuba. Its performance is comparable with that of many more expensive mini tubas.
John Packer’s guide to buying your first tuba will help you know what to look for and explains the different features that can be found on a tuba.
At only 31″ high, the JP077 is surprisingly small for a tuba being easily comparable to a euphonium in size, however despite its smaller form factor it still performs well in line with other much more expensive (and larger) models. With a compact 12 3/4″ bell, 2 water keys and reinforced bell ring, the instrument boasts all the expected components that one would expect from larger models.
- Model: JP077, JP077S
- Key: Eb
- Bell Size: Yellow Brass 320mm (12 3/4″)
- Valves: Piston 3
- Bore: Large 15.8mm (0.622″)
- Water Key: Lever 2
- Body: Brass
- Finish: Lacquer (JP077)
- Finish: Silver Plated (JP077S)
- Lyre Box: Yes
- Mouthpiece: JP611
- Instrument Weight: 5.18Kg (11lb 4oz)
- Weight with case: 11.88Kg (26lb 2oz)
- Box Dimensions: 88X43X54cm(34.5x17x21in)
- Boxed weight: 16.00Kg (35lb 3oz)
John Packer JP077 Tuba review
The finish is excellent throughout the range and there is a very well planned and executed progression in quality and responsiveness from entry to professional level.” Grenville Moore from John Packer Ltd met up with Ewan Easton from the Halle to review the JP077 MkII Tuba Eb. The JP077 mini Eb Tuba is the entry level and designed with the young player in mind. Ewan commented that “The instrument feels solid and should last. Having said that it is not too heavy.” The JP077 represents what Ewan described as a “superb introduction to the Tuba family and fantastic value for money.” Ewan added that the instrument was also pleasingly responsive at the extremes of dynamic range.