|The King 2340, a three-valve tuba, and the King 2341, a four-valve tuba, are now part of the low brass line-up available from United Musical Instruments dealers around the world.
"We've developed these two new models because of the overwhelming popularity of the 'up-bell' style of tuba," says Robert Phillips, research and development manager for UMI's Eastlake facility. "Both are keyed in BBb, which makes them just right for use in educational settings. Plus, we've heard from many brass education specialists who really wanted us to create the fixed bell versions of our popular instruments."
The 2341, in BBb, has four front-action nickel-silver pistons, a .687" (17.45mm) bore, a 20" (559mm) bell, left hand-accessible valve slides, nickel silver mouthpipe, and a lacquer finish. The 2340, also in BBb, has the same features with three front-action nickel silver pistons. Both come with a 24AW mouthpiece. Hardshell plastic cases with wheels and pull handles are available.
These King tubas provide a large mature tone, but are easy to play due to their special designs. A key feature to these instruments is the leadpipe design that goes directly into the valve cluster. No extra bends means less resistance and no excess tubing allows players to take full advantage of the conical design.