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The John Packer JP379FF Sterling F Tuba is suitable for any pro player looking for a slightly smaller bass tuba to work in lighter orchestral projects and ensemble/chamber groups. This tuba sings in the upper register and really speaks in the lower register making this an all round fantastic instrument. Created in collaboration with Paul Riggett of Sterling Brass, the JP379 represents a fusion of professional level Sterling components and design with the affordability and durability normally associated with the JP brand.
Constructed from high grade 80:20 brass, the JP379 features 4 in-line rotary valves and is a full 4/4 size standing at a height of 38" (96cm). With a bore of 0.748" - 0.827" (19-21mm) and a bell size of 16.535" (420mm), the instrument also features carriage rings and a lyre box. The instrument also comes with 5 rotary valves to help with tuning and alternative fingerings.
The JP379 is supplied with a mouthpiece and comes with a lightweight case. The case includes hard wheels and an ergonomic pull strap and handle and features a large storage pocket for sheet music and small accessories. Internally, there are also several compartments for small accessories.
From first gazing eyes on the instrument, I could immediately see how well constructed this tuba was. It is the type of tuba that feature 5 front action rotary valves, all of which combine to make the playing experience effortless and comfortable.
From playing the first note, you can immediately hear sweetness, clarity and a clear focus in the tone. Right from the middle register this instrument can really project, and it sings absolutely beautifully in the higher register.
It can also display a great foundation in any large ensemble with such a warm low register too. This tuba is absolutely perfect for any solo work, chamber ensembles, and even a symphony orchestra.
Elliott Milum, Principal Tuba (British Army) - 24.05.18
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