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.
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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.
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.
This instrument has 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 JP077 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 JP077 comes in a semi-hard case – providing lightness and protection – while the wheels and storage pockets are very handy too.
The JP077 Eb Tuba is supplied with an entry level JP611 mouthpiece and high quality lightweight case featuring YKK zips throughout and useful side storage pocket