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Meinl Weston 182
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100% of reviewers $4,500.00 8.0

 

Description:
Model 182
Don't be fooled by the compact size of this F-Tuba. It has a great sound that will carry well because of the straight bore and the smaller nature of the instrument. Ideal as a solo or quintet instrument, the 182 has enough presence to handle symphonic parts as well.

Key F
Bore .689"
Bell 13.8"
Valves 5 rotary valves with thumb activated 5th valve
Size 3/4
Case Sold separately

Standard Features

Nickel silver trimming
Nickel silver valve spatulas
compact size
Uniball linkage valve action
Lacquered yellow brass
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Bore (inch): 0.689
Bell (inch): 13.800
Key: F
Bell Style: 3/4
Valves: 5, Rotary
Website: http://www.meinl-weston.com
Keywords: Meinl Weston 182
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Review Date: 12/20/2006 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: $4,500.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: price, small easy to handle size, suprisingly good low register
Cons: not sure if it is consistent with all 182's, but on the one I have, the 1-2 fingering combination is unusable due to intonation, however using 3rd valve is spot on

 
I needed a good f tuba for a reasonable price and the 182 is just that. It has a suprisingly dark and broad sound for such a small horn. Obviously the sound is not as big as a larger f tuba would produce, but it is still a large sound that I like. The intonation is adequate since there will always be some intonation issues with any f tuba. The low Bb and C are exact, however the mid C is sharp. I have to use 3rd valve for any 1-2 combinations. The low G below the staff is a bit flat. Otherwise the intonation is very usable. The instrument handles well in all registers, even the low register which surprised me a little, and I like the warm, dark, meinl tone that it gets throughout all registers. There is a little getting use to the small "feel" of the horn, but once that is normalized the horn feels much larger. Overall I think that this is a good quality f tuba for someone on a budget. You will not find another new f tuba for this price that delivers all around good results. I very much enjoy playing my meinl weston 182 f tuba and recommend it.
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