Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece 7B Review

The mouthpiece for an instrument can be game-changing for the musician. The right mouthpiece can completely change your tonal quality. That is why it is incredibly important to get a mouthpiece that suits the skill level of the instrumentalist. This tuba mouthpiece may be the improvement you are looking for.

Things to Consider Before Buying a Mouthpiece

When purchasing a tuba mouthpiece you need to consider the skill-level of the musician who will be using it. The Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece is considered a professional mouthpiece, but is perfect for a tubist who regularly preforms with a group or solo. You are going to continue playing music long-term, because this mouthpiece is a great investment for a future in music.

Another consideration is whether or not it will be used outdoors, such as in marching band. There have been some reports that the wear and tear on this mouthpiece was increased when used outdoors, but the tone and volume remained top-notch.

Presenting the Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece Gold Plated

The Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece is named for the principle tubist of the Sousa band and commonly know as a world-famous mouthpiece. This mouthpiece is designed to have a very deep and rich tone, while maintaining a bright quality and greater volume. It is typically described as having an organ-like sound making it attractive to the seasoned tubist. This is the perfect replacement mouthpiece for a student model or as an affordable upgrade to a professional quality mouthpiece.

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    Beautiful organ-like tone
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    Excellent volume
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    Shallower cup for brighter tone
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    Adjustment period for playing low notes
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    Colors not matching the instrument
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    Loss of gold plating when used outdoors

Features and Benefits

Professional Design

Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece in Gold 7B Gold Plated

The design of the Conn Helleberg Series Tuba 7B Gold Plated is specifically designed for a professional look and sound while remaining affordable. The shape of the design is the reason why it is considered to be a world-famous mouthpiece, because it produces a sound that any avid tubist would love to create. Making it an ideal selection for a regular preformed whether that is solo or in a group. Its versitality lends to its quality.

The Conn Helleberg designs feature a thin, sharp rim as well as a deep funnel-shaped cup which is why the tone is so distinctively deep. The shallow interior is what creates the element of tonal brightness.

Tonal Quality

The tone of this particular mouthpiece is widely advertised as being distinctive and high quality. It is specifically designed to produce a deep and rich tone that has bright qualities. These qualities are the reason why is often referred to as having an organ-like quality, since it hits a greater range of sound within a single note. The shallow cup is what provides the brighter element of the sound, which helps the musician hit higher notes with greater ease. A musician of any skill level can expect to hear an immediate improvement in their sound when using this mouthpiece.

Rating

Design

5

Performance

4.5

Construction

5

Value for the Money

5

User Satisfaction

5

Alternatives

Conn-Selmer, Inc. 120S Helleberg 120 Standard Tuba Mouthpiece Silver

Conn-Selmer, Inc. 120S Helleberg 120 Standard Tuba Mouthpiece

If this mouthpiece is not right for your needs, there are always other options out there. One recommendation is the Conn Helleberg Series Tuba 7B in Silver. It is an excellent alternative to the Gold plated version because it produces similar, if not the same, tone and volume, but it is also much more affordable. With this version you get the quality without the expense.

Helleberg 120
  • Cost: $83.26
  • Materials: Silver
  • Features: Performance Quality, Organ-like Tone
Conn Helleberg Series 7B
  • Cost: $180.00
  • Materials: Gold Plated
  • Features: Performance Quality, Organ-like Tone

Perantucci Tuba Mouthpieces Pt90

This one is designed to be as versatile as possible, so it is for the musician that wants one mouthpiece for all situations. You don't have to compromise and have multiple options for different performance situations. However, this mouthpiece is a bit more expensive that the Conn Helleberg 7B in Gold, but it does advertise versitality.

Perantucci​ Pt90
  • Cost: $115.00
  • Materials: Copper-based Alloys and Silver
  • Features: Designed for Versatility
Conn Helleberg Series 7B
  • Cost: $180.00
  • Materials: Gold Plated
  • Features: Performance Quality, Organ-like Tone

Bach K33518 Megatone Tuba Mouthpiece, Silver Plated, 18 32.10mm

Bach K33518 Megatone Tuba Mouthpiece, Silver Plated, 18 32.10mm

The final recommendation that I will provide is the Bach Mega Tone Tuba Mouthpiece 18. This mouthpiece is designed for indoor performance and produces a particularly dark sound that is celebrated by jazz and symphonic band players. Its gorgeous deep tone is very distinctive, but lacks the brightness of the Conn Helleberg Series 7B. If you prefer a deeper tone, this might be the one for you. It is also comparable in price.

Bach Mega
  • Cost: $129.00
  • Materials: NA
  • Features: Double the Mass, Darker Sound
Conn Helleberg Series 7B
  • Cost: $180.00
  • Materials: Gold Plated
  • Features: Performance Quality, Organ-like Tone

Final Thoughts

The Conn Helleberg Series Tuba Mouthpiece 7B Gold Plated is an excellent selection for the tubist that wants that professional, big sound and beautiful tonal quality while maintaining versatility. It is an excellent replacement for a musician that is upgrading from a student model. This mouthpiece will produce the deep, organ-like tone while remaining bright, hitting the entire spectrum of every note.

Stephanie Su
 

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