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Eastman EBC-836 6/4 5V Piston CC Tuba, Used


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This Eastman 836 CC is a large orchestra tuba made by Eastman Winds in China.  It's very lightly used, in top condition.  This tuba is owned by Norm Pearson, retiring tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.  Norm used the Eastman as a practice instrument at home, and played a similar sized Meinl Weston 6450 tuba at Disney Hall.

The condition is outstanding.  There are several small dents at the bell rim and some plating loss on the top bows and side of the bell near the first slide.  It will not detract from your otherwise fabulous stage presence.  I hand polished before the pics with only distilled water and a soft cloth.  A bit more shine and bling could be had if you get out the silver polish, some cloths and pour another beer.  The color in the photos is accurate: very shiny and bright body with some minor darkening of the inner workings.

All the top slides are loose enough for quick tuning pull or water dump.  Second slide has an extended pull ring.  The discerning slide-puller will be very satisfied.  The leadpipe wraps less around the bell than smaller tubas, allowing the horn to angle away from your body and shorten the reach to the pistons.

A "gig bag" is included.  This has very soft padding that compresses to nothing.  Sadly it offers little protection from more than dust.  If I bought this tuba I would treat myself to a new case.  I suspect the bell dents are from the shortcomings of its bag.

Other cases:  The 836 fits fine in an SKB 390W hard case, though the case is 2" longer than necessary.  I can customize the case for a tight fit upon your asking.  With some cutting of foam the 836 will also fit in the shorter SKB385W case, but it will fit close to the small end of the case.  Limit that setup to lighter travel only.  Gig bags, I don't know at the moment.  Cronkhite is the best, also possibly hard to get.

This 836 tuba is on consignment here.  If you'd like to make a offer, please send me an email.

Text from the maker:

The EBC836 is a 6/4 size tuba inspired by the legendary York orchestral CC tuba. This large tuba is at home on stage with a symphony orchestra or concert band, in the pit of an opera or ballet orchestra, and is nimble enough to play in small chamber ensembles. The next generation 6/4 tuba has arrived!

  • Key of CC
  • 6/4 size tuba with 20" bell
  • Four front-action stainless steel pistons through a semi-stepped .750" bore
  • Right thumb-operated 5th rotor valve (flat whole step) through an .850" bore
  • Exquisitely finished in silver-plate
  • Includes storage bag

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