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King Professional Model 1151 Marching Tuba

About the Model 1151

Innovative addition to the King Marching line. The King Marching Tuba has patented features that include the ability to see left through the tuba while in playing position. In addition, the instrument is entirely ergonomically friendly to prevent long term injuries in the shoulder and arms. In addition, it has sound and projection unmatched by any other marching tuba. Heavy duty wheeled marching case.

An innovative addition to the King marching line, the 1151 marching tuba produces sound and projection that is unmatched. In addition, the instrument is ergonomically balanced and boasts patented features that include the ability to see left through the tuba while in playing position. The removable valve section makes for easy cleaning and maintenance. Nickel plated pistons provide smooth, quick action and unmatched durability. The 1st slide finger ring allows for increased intonation adjustments. Heavy duty wheeled marching case.

King "Ultimate" - Key of BBb, 3 valves, .734" bore, 21" bell, modular construction, patented "sight window", nickel plated pistons, 1st slide finger ring, clear lacquer finish, Helleberg 120S mouthpiece, 7751C plastic shell case with wheels.

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Henderson White, founder of the HN White Company, started his business as a proprietor of a small repair shop in Cleveland, Ohio.  With the help of Mr. Thomas King, a local trombone player, White developed his first trombone in 1894.  This was viewed in the market as a “revelation” to the music world due to its radically different bell, bore, and mouthpipe designs.  Players loved the “King” trombone because the slide was smoother and lighter than any other.

1950_King_Logo_bw.jpgThese instrument gained immediate success with professionals including Al Pinard, the trombone soloist with Arthur Pryor’s Band.  In 1909, the HN White Company developed a “Department of Acoustical Research” with the goal of developing higher quality instruments.  As production grew, King became known for brass and woodwind instruments.  From 1917-1918, the HN White Company was the sole provider of saxophones for the US military during World War 1.  In the 1920’s, King would even become the first US manufacturer of French horns. 

When Henderson died in 1940, control was taken over by Edna White, the first women executive officer in the male dominated music industry.  Under her leadership, the company flourished.  As most company’s production of brass products halted during the Second World War, Edna was able to secure two major government contracts making radar units and proximity fuses that kept the factories running. 

Coming out of the war, King instruments saw great popularity in the 40’s and 50’s with names like Tommy Dorsey, Harry James, Ziggy Elman, Julian “Cannonball” Adderley, and Charlie “The Bird” Parker.  In 1951, the King 3B trombone was introduced and today is still the world’s top selling jazz trombone.

In 1964, production of King Instruments was moved to Eastlake, Ohio outside of Cleveland where they are still made to this day.

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