|Delivery time:||Ships within 1 to 2 days of purchase|
Attention all tuba students, young and not-as-young! We are very excited to have this little beast of a tuba as a part of our arsenal. This Meinl Weston BBb tuba is approximately 50 years old, and comes from a generation where the Getzen Corportation was actually the USA distributor for these excellent German-made tubas. During this time, nearly everything in Meinl Weston's catalog was made by hand in a crowded little factory in Bavaria. The closest thing they had to any automated machines was a hydraulic system that was used to more efficiently bend the pipes of a tuba during the manufacturing process. This little guy plays really, really well, and much of that is due to the attention to detail that is achieved when manufacturing instruments by hand as opposed to by machine.
When this tuba arrived in our shop, our professional brass technician started work on it right away. There were some dents in the tuba's bell and 1st and 3rd tuning slides that needed smoothing out. It also needed a thorough disassembly and cleaning in our ultrasonic tank. Once that work was done, the horn was wiped down, the case was blown out, and it's ready for sale! Some cosmetic damage that one will find when inspecting the tuba is a dent in the first branch, second branch, and a few minor ones in some tuning slide crooks that weren't accessible without unsoldering the crook. There are also dent scars from previous work done to this tuba over the years. The instrument's lacquer is spotty all over, but that means it could be a good candidate for getting the instrument stripped in case the buyer is interested in evening out the finish. These things are just cosmetic things a potential buyer may notice that won't affect the way the tuba plays in any way.
Whether you're just starting to learn the tuba, or you're looking for an accessibly-sized instrument to get you back into playing, this 3/4 Meinl Weston BBb tuba should be one you consider. Bring your favorite mouthpiece over and spend some time with it! We hope to see you soon!
Stand not included.