Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba

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The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba is a fine instrument built in the German tradition and modeled after the early Meinl Weston models. This tuba features a .812" bore with 4 rotary valves designed for superior sound and excellent valve action. This tuba is well suited for any type of playing. The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba includes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer (YBB-641) finish.


The Yamaha YBB-641 has a traditional German sound with a tubing wrap reminiscent of the early Meinl Weston instruments, the long leadpipe and bell of a Miraphones and the resonance of a Cerveny. This horn is a well blended combination that has a voice all its own. All Yamaha wind instruments carry a limited 5-Year warranty.


Hand-Lapped Rotary Valves
Hand-lapped valves involves a time-consuming finishing process which results in superior valve fit for noiseless, responsive action and easy tone changes.


Hand-Lapped Slides
Hand-lapped slides achieves the perfect balance between air tightness and smooth action.


Nickel-Silver Spatula Keys
Carefully positioned nickel-silver spatula keys are strong and are capable of comfortable fast fingering.


Ball Joints for Rotary Valve Levers
The Yamaha-developed ball joints for the rotary valve levers are durable, yet achieve silent operation and light action.


Leadpipe
The long leadpipe contributes to a beautiful, dark, smooth tone which blends well with other instruments.


Tuning Slide Position
The careful positioning of the tuning slide makes it easier to adjust the slides while playing.

Features
  • Key: BBb
  • Size: 4/4
  • Bore: .812-inch
  • Bell: 16-1/2-inch
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: Front
  • Valve Type: Rotary
  • Valve Material: Brass
  • Features: Gold Brass Leadpipe; Yellow Brass Body and Bell
  • Case: Plastic Shell Case with Wheels
  • Mouthpiece: Yamaha 67
  • Finish: Lacquer

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YamahaYBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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Great Tuba

I have been playing this tuba for two years. In my four year career, I have played 5 Yamahas, and this is by far the best one. It plays almost all notes in...Read complete review

I have been playing this tuba for two years. In my four year career, I have played 5 Yamahas, and this is by far the best one. It plays almost all notes in tune perfectly. It is not as heavy as other full size tubas. All around, this is the tuba of choice.

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Mixed Oppinion

I use this tuba in high school, and I have to say it isnt the best ive used. I often have problems with the valves, and there are few other minor annoyances with...Read complete review

I use this tuba in high school, and I have to say it isnt the best ive used. I often have problems with the valves, and there are few other minor annoyances with it.

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5.0

How to be a pro tuba player...

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I personally think that this horn is one of the top tubas that you can buy for the price. A 4-valve rotary is meant for keen tuning for every note, easy alternate fingerings for supreme tone, and it provides a dark rich sound for those thick and low pedal notes. I do not recommend for beginners just because i feel it's better to start out ona 3-valver just to get the basics covered. I do prefer this for the top high school bands such as the symphonic band or winds and college level and above. My 4th valve phylosphy: " The manufacturers went through the inconvenience of sticking on that 4th valves and line that extra tubing, you are paying for that extra piece of brass, if you don't use it, you're only hurting yourself and your tone". SO USE IT! You'll be suprised on how well this horn functions to crank your skill level up closer and closer to perfection.

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5.0

Excellant Performer !!

By Thomas Trout

from Oceanside, CA.

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

The overall performance of this horn is excellant! It has a BIG tone , well centered and on pitch.It is easy to attain a very large dynamic range when playing softly it has great depth to the tone--never thin--when playing loud it is difficult to overpower this horn because it responds so well. The low range and power is exceptional (I'm using a DOUG ELIOTT mouthpiece). My fellow musicians like the sound of this instrunent also- they talk about it's accuracy of pitch, etc. It is the best horn I've ever played!!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best horn I've ever played!!

By Matthew-0RbU3

from Lakeland

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

This horn produces one of the best sounds I have ever heard and it is fun to play. The horn is quick with the rotors for fast action and delivers a warm, full, and beautiful sound with every note.

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Last horn anyone should need

By Matt-TNBrn

from Northwest USA

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I have read some negative reviews about this tuba. I can't figure out why. For starters it is a Yamaha. It has the best valves in the buisness. The fit and finish of this horn is impecable. The parts are readily available. It's made of thick sturdy brass, it plays like a tuba should. It can play smooth, soft, loud, and brassy. I do solo and ensemble work with this horn. It's my main instrument and would not change a thing about it. If you're looking for money well spent buy one.

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5.0

Last horn anyone should need

By Matt-TNBrn

from Northwest USA

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I have read some negative reviews of this tuba, and cannot figure for the life of me why. For starters it is a Yamaha; it has the best valves in the buisness. The fit and finish of this horn is impecable. The parts are readily available, it's made of thick sturdy brass, and it plays like a tuba should. It can play smooth, soft, loud, and brassy. I do solo and ensemble work with this horn. It is my main instrument and would not change a thing about it, if you are looking for money well spent buy one.

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(37 of 65 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recommend this instrument to all tuba players

By Carl Vining

from Roseville calif

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I've had a ybb641 for 15 years and am thoroughly satisfied with it. I'm getting close to 80 years old and the case got a little heavy for me and I now use a gig bag which works just fine. the only problem I have is where my forearm rests on the horn the perspiration is cutting into the lacquer and the metal. The horn is very easy to play and would highly recommend it.

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(24 of 45 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Poor 1st valve quality.

By DK-.qlLl

from Lawton, OK USA

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

My college must have gotten a bad set when they bought their horns, because the best horn they have has a pathetic 1st valve intonation in the high end of the mid-range and higher. The 1st has a turnover once you hit Eb on staff and gets sharper as you ascend. You'll regret not pulling the 1st out once you get up to the Middle C and Eb3, assuming your horn stays stable enough to reach it. Also, know that the tone is ALL YOU. It's never the horn that gives off the good/bad tone. The horn has a set quality, but you make it sing the way you want it to. More power to you if you can grip the 1st valve slide and go to town without moving that well-tuned 3rd, but a tubist on any level should concentrate on the music, not the horn.

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(9 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best

By the best-vxzoC

from houston TX USA

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

It is nice and makes it easy to play

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(46 of 72 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Mixed Oppinion

By Dingus

from USA

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I use this tuba in high school, and I have to say it isnt the best ive used. I often have problems with the valves, and there are few other minor annoyances with it.

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(20 of 36 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic intermediate horn!

By Steven-98I8.

from Tokyo, Japan

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

My high school band director, a Tuba player himself, purchased two of these horns for his audition-only band, and I must say that they are a massive improvement over the horns he was using in there before. I have now been playing this horn for two years out of the five that I've been playing the Tuba, and I'll never play anything that doesn't match the high standards of this exceptional horn. My personal range(recently raised to a d above the staff)has certainly not topped off the horn's ability, and any tuba player with marching band experience can put enough air through the horn to play well in the lower registers. Intonation, in combination with a good mouthpiece, is smooth and easy in all registers, and valve action is on par, if not better, than other rotary horns I've played. This is definitely a horn that needs a good mouthpiece to be played well. I personally use a UMI Helleburg style with fantastic results. This horn would probably be best suited for intermediate to semi-professional players in concert work, but is very easy to hold while standing, which is a good feature for solo work. Overall, a fantastic horn for someone with a large budget.

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