The JP277 is very attractive for those players looking for a cost effective but capable instrument featuring a fully compensating system. This instrument is suitable for players looking for a big sound in all types of playing, ranging from small ensemble work to large orchestral projects.
Incorporating all the features normally found in more expensive models, the JP277 EEb 4 valve tuba sports that all important 19" bell for a greater sound projection.
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. “This is a staggering tuba for the money. It has a good valve action, if a little noisy, with a lovely balance between weight and responsiveness. The full orchestral range is easily available on this instrument and the timbre throughout all ranges matches very well.” Ewan tried the new model and has praised the new right hand position, the quieter valve action and an even better finish; “This tuba will see any player to grade VIII. I would have loved to have one as a student.
This full-sized four-valve instrument with 19 inch bell comes with the compensating system – extra slides that make the low notes in tune – allowing the full chromatic scale to be achieved in the pedal register. Pedal notes are achieved with ease and without having to force the air through the instrument with all the valves down. This instrument has a low-level leadpipe allowing not-so-tall players to reach it without having to stretch up to it. I liked the ease of access to the third-valve compensating slide around the back of the instrument. In a neat design, two knobs on the side of the slide allow better grip – a great idea, as this slide often gets stuck from lack of use. All these instruments have brass valve guides, which are more durable than their plastic counterparts.
The JP277 EEb tuba is supplied in a lightweight and good quality wheeled case featuring YKK zips throughout and a spacious side storage pocket for sheets music and accessories. A JP611 entry level mouthpiece also comes as standard.