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JP078 Bb Mini 3 valve Tuba
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JP078 Bb Mini 3 valve Tuba

This small wrap 3 valve Bb mini tuba is specifically designed to enable smaller players to play with comfort. It measures 33" high with a 14" bell and has 2 water keys all in a yellow lacquer finish and boasts excellent build quality and performance to support the less experienced player. Comes supplied with a JP611 mouthpiece and a lightweight case with wheels. The JP078 Bb Tuba is also favoured by the more 'mature' player looking for a lightweight Bb tuba and makes a perfect marching companion

The JP078 Bb Mini 3 valve tuba has undergone significant research and development in recent years with major improvements having been made to its design and resulting sound projection. Despite the instrument's compact size,  it competes very well in terms of its sound quality and free blowing nature. The perfect starter Bb  tuba for any player, the JP078 Bb tuba comes supplied with semi-hard case providing lightness and protection and featuring wheels and storage pocket. A JP611 Mouthpiece is included as standard.     
Models
JP078 Bb mini 3 valve Tuba (Lacquer)
Key :
Bb
Body :
33" high
Bell :
14" Yellow Brass Bell
Valves :
3 Piston Valves
Waterkeys :
2
Finishes :
Lacquer
Additional features :
Rose Brass Leadpipe
Supplied with :
JP611 Mouthpiece & lightweight case

The JP078 Bb Tuba and '0' series as a whole aims to provide well-constructed entry level student instruments at an attractive price/performance balance. 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 the more expensive Yamaha mini tuba.

At only 33" high, the JP078 is surprisingly small for a tuba being easily comparable to a euphonium in size, however despite is smaller form factor it still performs well in line with other much more expensive (and larger) models. With a compact 14" bell, 2 water keys and reinforced bell ring, the instrument boasts all the expected components that one would expect from larger models.

Having been reviewed by some of the most renowned players in the industry, the instrument has been described as "light and responsive", "well designed" and as having an "excellent" finish. For full reviews see the reviews tab below.

The JP078 Bb Tuba is supplied with an entry level JP611 mouthpiece and high quality lightweight case featuring wheels, YKK zips throughout and useful side storage pocket.

All JP Musical Instruments are covered by our comprehensive 2 year warranty. Visit our Warranty Information page for full terms and conditions.

Customer Reviews

  • Author: Ewan Easton - Tuba - Halle Orchestra
    “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 John Packer range of tubas. Within seconds of trying the JP078 mini Bb Tuba, Ewan commented on the excellent playing response. He described the intonation as “very effective for an entry level tuba.” Singled out for particular praise were the valves. He liked the curved design which makes such a difference to small hands and described the action as “light and responsive.” “Everything works well on this instrument. The valves are precise, the slides fit well, there is excellent protection for vulnerable areas of pipework and the instrument is robust without being heavy.” Ewan also described the case as being “the sort that a young person would find cool.” “I am really impressed with this instrument and the value for money is outstanding.”
  • Author: Wilfred Driscoll - Tuba - Freelance musician with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and London Sym
    “This instrument husician with Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Scottish National Orchestra and London Symas three valves, and have the tuning slide in the leadpipe for ease of use. The instrument feels solidly built with plenty of protection to avoid dents in the vital areas and a good thickness of brass. The sound it produces was a lot bigger than you would expect from an instrument of its size and it was very easy to play in all ranges. The JP078 is well designed for smaller players, with the distances between the hand-hold and the valves close enough for small hands, and, while it is well built, it is still light enough for children to handle, making it a good choice for schools and music services. It comes with a mouthpiece that is a little bigger than the average beginner mouthpiece. I think this is a great idea as it opens out the sound and makes the lower range better, as well as keeping the number of mouthpiece changes necessary as the player progresses to a minimum. The JP078 also has a cunningly designed third valve slide that loops back on itself to protect the slide from any accidental damage and comes in a semi-hard case – providing lightness and protection – while the wheels and storage pockets are very handy too.”
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