Miraphone 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba 186-4V Yellow Brass 4 Valve Nickel-Silver Slides
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- Key: BBb Size: 4/4 Bore: .772 in. Bell: 17.7 in. Bell Position: Upright Number of Valves: 4 Valve Position: Front Valve Type: Rotary Valve Material: Brass Features: Nickel Silver Leadpipe and Wreath Case: No Mouthpiece: Miraphone TU29 Finish: Lacquer
- This Miraphone 186 tuba features a
- 770 in
- bore and 17
- 75 in
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The Miraphone 186 Pro Series 4/4 BBb Tuba is the world-famous, true powerhouse in the tuba world. This Miraphone 186 tuba features a .770 in. bore and 17.75 in. bell designed for excellent projection and intonation. The Miraphone 186 Pro Series 4/4 BBb Tuba is the world-famous, true powerhouse in the tuba world. This Miraphone 186 tuba features a .772 in. bore and 17.7 in. bell designed for excellent projection and intonation. It is available in a professional version with nickel-silver slides and trim in lacquer with 4 valves. A case is not included. The Miraphone 186 Tuba is a standard of the industry and has a great history. Many bass trombonists prefer to play next to a Miraphone 186 as their first choice. The horn has a beautiful, rich sound that carries very well and the intonation is right on the mark. The instrument is comfortable to hold and play.
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The valves are faster than I thought they would be since I hadn't used Rotary valves until I used these I used Pistons. I am amazed every time I play this horn, mine being much older, still very fast, fast enough for quick valve solo's.
The spit valve close to the bottom is in the perfect place, there's a way you can turn the horn around and condensation flows out with ease. Taking that tuning slide out also does wonders for emptying spit.
Oiling the roters is a sinch, just take the tuning corresponding slides out and drip some rotary oil in. Mine's bell is smaller but I like the rim, on the front says Miraphone in big letters. You have the small Miraphone emblem on the front of the bell with the serial number also imprinted.
Mind does not have the support shoulder on the bottom but I'm positive it helps not only with dents but with height too, I need one since I'm taller.
Since this is a larger boar horn the mouth piece has to be made for large boar, I have a mouth piece I don't use that does not fit. Good thing I don't use it:)
The depth and pedal notes are quite easy to play on this horn with practice, I have made a point to be able to destroy pedal notes just because tuba players that were better than me tend to not care for playing low notes with any girth at all. I have only been comfortable to an F above the staff, I can play other "things" that exist above that but choose not to unless needed. any pedal note is attainable on this horn and can be played in tune.
This horn is well made and very sturdy, I use a Altieri Gig bag with this horn and it works great. rare I am afraid of denting the horn when I carry it but isgood.
This horn is great for any setting. I have used it in Conert/community/symphony Bands, Brass Quintets, Tuba Quartets and Quintets, Symphony Orchestra and solo's and it has always done the job extremely well.
I would highly recommend this horn for anyone, doesn't matter if you're a middle school student or Professional or Teacher, this horn is both easy to and versatile.
The only real downside is that the trigger pad rubbery things get worn down after a few years to where the trigger wont move, and its a little fragile around the trigger area, but the trigger problem can be solved with a tiny folded piece of paper :P
Our school has a bunch of sousaphones/tubas and this one is the best by far. It just possesses that rich dark tone you would be looking for and plays exceptionally well in the lower notes if you can handle them as well as the higher notes, again if you can handle them.
The "skill cap" on this instrument is very high given the quality of the work and you shouldn't be needing a repair if you take care of it.
Another thing is the 1 spit valve at the bottom of the 4 triggers, there is 1 place where spit does tend to build up and thats along the 4th triggers pipe, an easy fix is to remove the tuning slide while the tuba is on its bell on a flat surface and just tip the tuning slide to let the water/spit out. You need to do this around once every 4 songs or so in a concert or about an hours worth of practice.
I am only in highschool but this comes from almost 6 years of playing all types of music including marches, classical, pop (yes I tried it), jazz, marching band, and concert band music that should really be played in a marching band.
Of course this instrument is not supposed to be played in the contra/sousaphone style that a marching band has, but it does have 2 slots on the backside of the instrument if you want to put a strap on it.
All in all, if you have the money to spend on it and are looking for quality, I have not played a better tuba yet.