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John Packer JP179B Tuba

Code: 102725

This tuba is a fantastic compact instrument with 4 front facing valves perfect for you if you play in wind bands, orchestras and concert bands alike.

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Our price £2,120.71 exc. VAT

RRP: £2,985.00

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Suitable for

This tuba is a fantastic compact instrument with 4 front facing valves perfect for you if you play in wind bands, orchestras and concert bands alike.

This isn't a common instrument in the UK, with a forward facing action being more widely used in America and on the Continent.

The JP179B is also a wonderful tuba for you if are more experienced and you are looking for a lightweight instrument for marching bands.

Our guide A guide to buying your first tuba will help you know what to look for and explains the many features found on a tuba.

Unique benefits

The JP179B features:


  • Front action valves, meaning the tuba will fit in and blend well with the trombone section of any band/ensemble.
  • Lightweight, compact design for comfort. Despite its smaller form factor it still performs well in line with other much more expensive (and larger) models.
  • Fourth valve slightly lower to allow for the smaller little finger.
  • Thumb ring for comfort when holding the instrument both sat down and marching.
  • Carriage rings for marching.
  • Rose Brass leadpipe for a more focused and warm tone.


All JP Instruments are covered by a comprehensive 2 year warranty against manufacturing defects. Please note this does not cover aesthetic or finish faults. For full terms & conditions visit the JP Musical Instruments website.‚Äč

Supplied with

The JP179B Tuba is supplied with an entry level John Packer JP611 4L Tuba Mouthpiece and a high quality lightweight case featuring wheels, YKK zips throughout and useful side storage pocket.


  • Model: JP179B
  • Key: Bb
  • Bell Size: Yellow Brass 370mm (14 1/2")
  • Valves: Piston 4
  • Bore: Large 17.5-18.5mm (0.689-0.728")
  • Water Keys: Lever 1
  • Body: Yellow Brass
  • Finish: Lacquer
  • Mouthpiece: JP611
  • Leadpipe: Rose brass
Customer Reviews

2 Reviews

  • JP179B Review by Elliott Milum

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    Right from opening the case I was amazed at the size of the tuba. The tuba can only be described as a larger looking euphonium. You’d expect the size of the tuba to have a relatively small sound, however through shock, the tuba had a dark sonorous sound.

    I was immediately impressed. The first thing any brass player does before they try a new instrument is wiggle the valves. The valves were slick, fast and silent. The production is immediate and clear. The intonation and response through the natural tone rows is superb. In terms of weight and comfort, the tuba is a light and compact instrument that can easily be held and carried about. The tuba contains lots of great features. It can easily fit into a concert band, brass band and even chamber ensembles. I thoroughly recommend any intermediate player looking for a great instrument at a fantastic price!

  • JP179B ; D Mather; Retired Coldstream Guards

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    I bought this instrument a couple of months ago to play in a lower section brass band. Overall I am very please with the instrument for the price. As with many 4 valve inline piston instruments I find the 4th valve impossible to use. Also one water key means the instrument has to be turned/ spun to get the water to the only water key. As it is very difficult to remove slides with only a few bars rest . I feel that this instrument could be very good with some adjustments. I would still recommend this instrument to someone who enjoys playing the tuba but does not have the capacity to fill a professional tuba (or pay the price)
    I agree with Elliott MIlums Review


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