For tubists who are just starting out, a model with 3 valves is the best way to go. The reason is because 3-valve tubas are much more affordable than their 4-valve counterparts yet provide you with all the valves required to play every note of a scale. 3-valve tubas play an essential role in school orchestras and marching bands around the world and in this catalog you'll find models available from all the major brass instrument manufacturers. Whether you play in the key of Bb or Eb, the 3-valve tuba for you is waiting in this section.
The right 3-valve tuba for you will depend on your personal tastes from an esthetic standpoint, your current budget and physical size. For musicians of a smaller stature, your best bet is to go with a 3/4 tuba. If you're a younger Bb tubist, check out the generously-priced Tama by Kanstul KTB34C Series 3-Valve 3/4 Convertible Bb Tuba. Available in your choice of lacquer or silver finishes, this model is very popular for its ability to convert to front action (concert) and top action (marching) configurations. Or, if you're searching for a free-blowing Eb tuba that has an even response and easy playability, try the Besson BE1077 Performance Series 3-Valve Eb Tuba. This lightweight student model boasts a mouthpipe that's carefully positioned for optimal playing comfort.
Of course, there are plenty of 3-valve tubists here for intermediate performers of the stage and the field. For example, the Jupiter 384 Series Convertible 3-Valve 4/4 Bb Tuba delivers a robust sound and it even comes with an ABS molded case with wheels and a mouthpiece. Or, how about the Tama by Kanstul KTB54 Series 3-Valve 5/4 Marching Bb Tuba - perfect for any low brass section, the KTB54 has amazing projection to guarantee you'll be heard from the top to the bottom of the bleacher stand.
And these 3-valve tubas aren't even the tip of the iceberg of what's sitting in these pages. Whatever grabs your attention, you can rest assured that this is definitely the place to buy a new 3-valve tuba. After all, only the best brass instrument brands are offered here; the only thing left to do now is start exploring and make your move!