The JP374T Sterling is JP's flagship 4 valve fully compensating professional level Bb Euphonium. Created in collaboration with Paul Riggett of Sterling Brass, the JP374T Sterling represents a fusion of professional level Sterling components and design with the affordability and durability normally associated with the JP brand. 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 Musical Instruments in 1987. The JP374T Sterling Euphonium incorporates an exclusively designed trademark Sterling leadpipe.
The JP374T Sterling Bb Trigger Euphonium is constructed from high grade 80:20 brass throughout and features a 12" bell for superior sound projection. This trigger model offers players easier and more ergonomic tuning with the addition of a tuning slide trigger. As expected from an instrument of this level, the JP374T is fully compensating and includes a 3+1 bottom sprung valve system enabling an alternative fingering system. With high quality components and a pedigree many other makers cannot match, the JP374T Sterling offers players a professional level instrument at a highly affordable price.
A beautiful instrument to play, and certainly the most economical professional level instrument on the market. It has a very quiet and smooth valve action which is very fluid. The intonation on this instrument is really very good throughout the range. One of my favourite qualities of the instrument is the sound that it makes. It’s a really singing sound, very responsive. It is a very free blowing instrument. One of the other great things about this instrument is that it comes with the JP Pro case which is a really solid, lightweight, gigbag type case. It has a music and accessories pocket on the front, a couple of pockets in the middle and then backpack straps on the back.
As part of my job I recently had the pleasure of appraising 3 of the superior John Packer euphoniums on behalf of our students. All were striking examples of the modern style of instrument design as well as displaying a high quality of build. Added to this the fantastic prices being asked and they almost seem too good to be true. So to the testing…….
The JP374 Sterling and the JP374 Sterling (Trigger) are both essentially the same fully compensating 4 valve euphonium. Each has the benefit of a larger 12” bell which seems to aid projection for the more advanced player. They feel exceptionally comfortable to hold and the playing position dictated by the design seems completely natural assuring the performer that they are playing an instrument of pure quality. Articulation, dynamic extremes, intonation and freedom of flexibility are outstanding. Tuning on the trigger model is of course perfect in the hands of a knowledgeable and proficient musician. The case is smaller than that of the JP274 and has a ‘gig bag’ feel to it—ideal for the busy professional. These really are instruments that demand a place high up in the brass retail market and I will be happy to recommend any of them to prospective purchasers of the appropriate standard.
The JP374T Sterling is supplied with a mouthpiece, Ultra-Pure maintenance kit and high quality JP Pro case. The case features a lightweight yet rigid fibreglass structure and soft internal padding including a seal-able compartment for storing small accessories and cleaning equipment. Backpack straps and an accessories kit are included as standard.
Steve Miles (National Brass Band of New Zealand) reviews the JP374 Sterling Trigger Euphonium. Steve is a member of the National Brass Band of New Zealand and has been voted ‘Best Soloist’ at the New Zealand Band of the Year Championships. Many UK brass band players will also recognise him as a former principal euphonium for the world famous Brighouse & Rastrick Band. When Steve isn’t performing, he tutors Brass Performance at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand and is a previous director of the Southern Brass Academy, NZ.
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