Gronitz Musikhof PBK Series 5-Valve 5/4 BBb Tuba
The PBK stands for “Piston," "BBb,” “Kaiser.” It is the perfect, bigger all around horn. Equally at home in the largest orchestras and wind ensembles, the handmade bows give this instrument a very quick response and a beautiful sound. The tuning is excellent and for a bigger instrument, the low register is extremely responsive and well centered. The valve tuning slides are easily reached by the player for fine tuning on the fly. This is a fun horn to play and the sound is quite special.
Gronitz tubas are truly handmade. That term is used with relative disingenuousness across a variety of manufacturing categories, but with Gronitz, that characterization is absent any caveat. Every valve, every tuning slide, every crook is hand-fitted onto the horn in a small shop in Hamburg, Germany by master craftspeople for whom brass instrument manufacturing is practically part of their DNA.
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- Bore size: .79" (19 - 20 mm)
Bell diameter: 19.68" (500 mm)
Height: 37.8" (960 mm)