7 March 2008 — Having been announced already in 2007, the new Meinl Weston BBb 2011RA will be released at Frankfurt Musikmesse and finally complete the “Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity” tuba line.
Like the model 2011TA (Top Action) and 2011 FA (Front Action), the 2011RA (Rotary Action) was developed with Howard Johnson and is based on his Belgian Mahillon tuba of the 1960’s. At this time, the Meinl Weston Company already supplied tuba body parts to the Mahillon factory. Mr. Johnson has a colorful career in jazz. This includes playing tuba with Gil Evans and Charles Mingus and playing the baritone sax and bass clarinet chair of North German Radio’s NDR Big Band. Johnson’s jazz tuba band begun in 1968 and is now called GRAVITY. It was the first all-tuba ensemble; its format has often been copied, but never been duplicated.
As all the tubas in this line, the 2011RA is a small instrument with a big sound, not too heavy and easy to handle. It has a 0.669” bore, a 17.3” bell diameter and a 35.8” height. The relatively small bore of 0.669” compared to the big body gives a true turbo effect to its sound and improves the response.
The Meinl Weston Company will release this new „Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity“ rotary BBb-Tuba 2011 RA at this year’s at Frankfurter Musikmesse.
Melton/Meinl-Weston model “Heritage Howard Johnson Gravity” BBb 2011RA
- bore: .728“; 4th valve 0.768“
- bell diameter: Ø17.323“
- height: 35.630“
- gold brass lead pipe
- options: silver plated