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Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba

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The 641 offers the player a sound that is reminiscent of the best European tuba makers.The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba is a fine instru...Click To Read More About This Product

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The 641 offers the player a sound that is reminiscent of the best European tuba makers.

The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba is a fine instrument built in the German tradition and modeled after the early Meinl Weston models. This tuba features a .812" bore with 4 rotary valves designed for superior sound and excellent valve action. This tuba is well suited for any type of playing. The Yamaha YBB641 Series 4 Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba includes a case and mouthpiece and is available in lacquer (YBB-641) finish.

The Yamaha YBB-641 has a traditional German sound with a tubing wrap reminiscent of the early Meinl Weston instruments, the long leadpipe and bell of a Miraphones and the resonance of a Cerveny. This horn is a well blended combination that has a voice all its own. All Yamaha wind instruments carry a limited 5-Year warranty.

Hand-Lapped Rotary Valves
Hand-lapped valves involves a time-consuming finishing process which results in superior valve fit for noiseless, responsive action and easy tone changes.

Hand-Lapped Slides
Hand-lapped slides achieves the perfect balance between air tightness and smooth action.

Nickel-Silver Spatula Keys
Carefully positioned nickel-silver spatula keys are strong and are capable of comfortable fast fingering.

Ball Joints for Rotary Valve Levers
The Yamaha-developed ball joints for the rotary valve levers are durable, yet achieve silent operation and light action.

The long leadpipe contributes to a beautiful, dark, smooth tone which blends well with other instruments.

Tuning Slide Position
The careful positioning of the tuning slide makes it easier to adjust the slides while playing.

  • Key: BBb
  • Size: 4/4
  • Bore: .812-inch
  • Bell: 16-1/2-inch
  • Bell Position: Upright
  • Number of Valves: 4
  • Valve Position: Front
  • Valve Type: Rotary
  • Valve Material: Brass
  • Features: Gold Brass Leadpipe; Yellow Brass Body and Bell
  • Case: Plastic Shell Case with Wheels
  • Mouthpiece: Yamaha 67
  • Finish: Lacquer

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Very Good Horn - But

By John H

from Bay Area, CA

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  • Easy Tone Production
  • Responsive


  • Tuning

Best Uses

  • General Band Use

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I have played the Yamaha 641 for eight years and find most aspects of the horn to be quite good. The construction is excellent and the valve linkages work very well. I find the horn to be very responsive with the upper register quite pleasant and the lower register to be good, but not up to the Miraphone 191. The spit valve is optimally placed and I rarely have to spin the horn to empty it.

My issues with the horn are with tuning. I find that I must pull the tuning slide put about 2.5" to normally tune the Bb. The 1-2 valve combinations are typically sharp with the low D being very difficult to tune while playing. I must pull the 1st valve slide most of the way out to play a low D and still lip it down to be in tune. I can play the low D with the 3rd valve but it comes out a bit flat. The Low B is even worse and I had a tuning stop added to the fourth valve slide to allow it to be pulled without pulling the slide out. I have had the first and fourth valves drilled which allows pulling the slides without drawing a vacuum. If you do this be sure to use a very qualified shop since if it is done wrong, the valves will leak.

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Decent student horn.

By AThomasS

from Ortonville, MI

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Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

This horn has a good tone and the valves are easily played. However, G's, D's, B's, and other notes usually played with valves one and two must be played with the third valve, or else it is excessively sharp, and the spit valve does not always work as well as removing the entire tuning slide.


Great Bass

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I have been playing this tuba for about a year, and I absolutely love it! In my opinion, it is near perfect...the case is a little weak..


High School

By Nirvanaboy910

from San Antonio, TX & Wichita, KS

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I played this tuba for 3 years in high school. it worked great except for the fact that it had wooden stoppers on the rotor of the triggers. It would rott after a while. other than that the sound was great and it never let me down at a district / regional competition.


Best made BBb tuba out there!!!!

By Lord BBb tuba of Chutney

from Hillsboro, Or

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I absolutely love this tuba. I have a older silver plate version of this horn and it has never failed me. It does need a good mouthpiece to play well so try a few out to get a good match. The brass is thick and can take some minor bumps without denting. Too many tubas out there just dent way to easily because of thin brass sheeting... hence,,,, Less metal less cost, less life. The sound is full and can be blasted or whispered out. The valves are quite and slick, and everything just works the way it should from the start. Seriously consider this horn if you have the budget.


student musician

By Jesse.Collier

from Gadsden, Alabama

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Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

Fantastic tuba. I play it everyday. I have played on Werils and other such tubas. This tuba though is by far the best. I can not say that I have played on a cerveny or a miraphone yet so I can not compare those to this one. This tuba is a fantastic for chorales and modern music. It is somewhat difficult to play marches on it because it requires a little more air than most are use to. I overplay my high school band quite often but in my youth orchestra of about 100 i belnd in fairly well. I hope to hear you in the next big orchestra.P.S.- please remember evrything stated in this article is biased upon my views



By TubaD

from Midwest

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Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I love this horn. I have had it for around 12 years and it is great. One of the few horns that actually is priced with a case and mouthpiece, but the quality of the Yamaha name shines through. Never had a problem.


Greatest, rotary valve, tuba you can buy.

By Ultra euphonium

from Grand Rapids, MI

Comments about Yamaha YBB-641 Professional Rotary Tuba:

I use this tuba for quintet I do in my community. I thought this was not a great instrument for marches, but it is great with smooth response and soundless valves in mellower, quiet music. I am not quite sure why. It mgith of been my mouthpiece. For this instrument is hard to find a good mouthpiece that fits in with your style. I prefer a 7 or 24AW. Overall great tuba.

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