This is a large 6/4 size five valve piston CC tuba called the Kaiser Model. it's similar to the Hirsbrunner Grand Orchestra tuba and and the Meinl Weston Baer model tuba. Alan Baer actualy won the New York Philharmonic position and several others on this model tuba. The Gronitz PCK is played by many other professionals, including Gene Pokorny, Norm Pearson, and many others. Gronitz tubas are handmade in Hamburg, Germany in a small shop owned by Dietrich Klienehorst. The tubas are built to order and are hand assembled the old way. Every crook and bend is hand fit on the horn. This tuba is also very light, being made mostly of sheet brass bows rather than heavier bows made from tubes. The PCK has a velvety smooth tone, and it's the easiest to play large tuba that you can find. This design defines the modern orchestral sound. Despite its large size, it's a very versatile tuba and is useful for smaller ensembles as well as large ones.
This tuba is sold without case, but we can customize the SKB390W hard case for a snug fit, or Glenn Cronkhite offers a soft case made for this model. A custom road case can be built upon request. We offer the standard mouthpipe or York style mouthpipe, which wraps slightly less around the bell. The tuba then sits away from your body a little, but the reach of the right arm to the pistons is shorter. This is a popular option in Japan, less so here in the US.
Who won an audition on a Gronitz PCK tuba?
Fort Worth Symphony - won by Alan Baer in 2003
National Symphony - won by Alan Baer in 2003
New York Philharmonic - won by Alan Baer in 2003
Canton Symphony - won by Tom Lukowicz in 2007
Springfield Symphony - won by Tyler Schwirian in 2012
Montreal Symphony - won by Austin Howle in 2013
Louisville Symphony - won by John DiCesare in 2014