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SKB 390W Large Tuba Case

$635.00 $1,022.00

Item Details

2022:  This case is discontinued so we're limited to stock on hand.  We have 3 left.

This SKB 390W is a tuba hard case designed to fit tubas about 40" (101cm) in length.  It's primarily designed for the Miraphone 186 BBb tuba.  Other instruments that fit well are the Miraphone 185, 186, 187, 188, VMI 103, Yamaha YBB641, Alexander 163, B&S PT6, Gronitz PCM, PCK, Kanstul 5490.  Other tubas may fit well if you customize the inside of the case.  With a knife, some velour fabric, spray adhesive and ingenuity, a universal fit tuba case can tailored to fit your horn perfectly.

The case features molded ABS construction,wheels and dual replaceable, handles, external ribbing and reinforcement, and replaceable TSA latches.

SKB reminds tuba players that this is a lightweight case, and may not be strong enough for all air travel and baggage handler situations.  It's not a Walt Johnson or an Accord case.  That being said, it's a fraction of the price, and given some care during packing, your tuba should make it to most any location unscathed. 

When packing a tuba for shipping or rough travel, you want to avoid any movement of the instrument inside the case.  And, you want to prevent the fragile bell flare from having to support the tuba in case of impact.  We've had excellent results by taking these steps:

  • Take a beer or three to your local carpet store and ask to have a cardboard carpet roll tube.  Give the beer to your helpful carpet store employee.
  • Once you've returned home, find your tuba and place a 1'x2' piece of bubble wrap down the bell, all the way down as far as you can reach.  Use a 2'x2' piece if your horn is 5/4 size or larger.
  • Place the tuba inside the case and insert the cardboard tube down the bell as far as it will go into the bubble wrap.
  • Cut the tube with a knife to it's about an inch too long to wedge inside the case end, centered within the tuba's bell flare.  Then wedge it in there tightly anyway, which will push the bell flare away from the edge of the case.
  • Place more bubble wrap around the tube to keep it centered inside the bell.
  • Add other padding as necessary to ensue a tight fit when the case is closed.

Congratulations.  Your tuba is now held tightly inside the case by the bell throat and bottom bow.  It should no longer be possible for the bell flare to impact the large end of the inside of the case, even if the case is placed down harshly. 


Info from SKB

The SKB tuba case was designed for players who are looking for greater protection for their delicate musical instrument. Constructed of ABS vacuum-formed material to offer greater strength the 390W Tuba Case accommodates large framed tubas from leading manufacturers such as Miraphone, Yamaha and Conn.

The SKB-390W includes in-line skate wheels for easy transport, molded-in bumpers for valence protection and SKB-patented TSA trigger release latching system. The molded interior holds the instrument securely during transport.

  • ABS Vacuum formed material for strength and lightweight protection
  • Plush lined EPS interior holds the instrument securely
  • Includes in-line wheels for easy transport
  • Injection molded fiberglass reinforced trigger release latches
  • TSA locks for added security
  • Molded-in bumper protection
  • Accommodates large framed tubas from leading manufacturers
Interior Length
40.50 in
102.87 cm
Interior Width
19.00 in
48.26 cm
Interior Depth
21.00 in
53.34 cm
Product Weight

A-C = 21"
C-E = 40.5"
B-B = 19"
F-F = 17.75"

Tuba Measurements
Tuba Measurements


Lifetime Warranty

SKB brand hard shell cases are fully warranted against defects in materials and craftsmanship for the life of the case to the original owner. That means, if your case breaks, SKB will supply replacement parts, repair the case, or replace your case for as long as you own it. Proof of Purchase is required for all warranty claims. Electronic components in SKB brand hard shell pedal board systems are warranted for five years from date of purchase. Soft cases and gig bags are warranted for one year from date of purchase. SKB is not responsible for the shipping cost to our facility. However, SKB will cover all of the costs of repairs and/or replacements, as well as the return shipping. To request a return authorization for a warranty claim or field replaceable parts, please contact our customer service department through our online Support Request form. SKB hard shell cases are warranted for life to the original owner only. Cases used rental purposes, used by institutions or schools, modified or used cases are not covered by this warranty.

How do I request replacement parts?
Original owners of SKB brand hard shell cases may order replacement parts online at no cost and with free shipping. To request field replaceable parts please visit the SKB Store for instructions. You will receive a discount code for use at the SKB Store equal to the online price of the replacement parts you need.

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