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Tuba Cases

Glenn Cronkhite - SKB - MTS

 

Cronkhite Tuba Cases

Glenn Cronkhite is the master case maker. His line of lightweight cases is hand made in Berkeley, California. Glenn's cases used to comprise very nearly the entirety of the Reunion Blues brand that were made in San Francisco. With the Reunion Blues US factory closed, Glenn is making new cases himself. Read more on Glenn Cronkhite and Reunion Blues.

These cases are the finest you can buy for your tuba. I trust my Hirsbrunner HB2 and my Kanstul tubas only to one of these. These aren't cheap, but neither is a tuba, and these give the best protection for a lightweight case. And they cost hardly any more money than the tuba cases from Reunion Blues of China. New Cronkhite style tuba cases have the zipper going most of the way around the case and all the way over the bell so the case can open flat like a suitcase. Includes removable orchestra folder pocket, and small zipper pocket. Double shoulder straps have shoulder pads built onto them. Hardware is gold plated steel. Cordura cases are heavy cloth with leather trim and the firmest foam padding. Leather cases are heavier and rather pricey, but make for a stiffer case, as the leather is thick, like that used on boots and saddles. One client liked the leather so he wouldn't have to show up to the community band rehearsal with cat hair stuck to his case. Good idea.

A tip: Though these cases are light, tubas are heavy. When carrying a tuba on my back, I often seem to have a bass trombone and a mute bag with me too. It's too much. So I went to REI and got a waist belt from a mountaineering backpack called the Wonderland. The belt was about $30. I attached it to the bottom connection of the shoulder straps on my Cronkhite case, and now much of the weight of the tuba is carried on my hips rather than on my shoulders. It's much more comfortable, let me tell you.

Colors

Pick any two colors in the fabric you desire for a really striking case. Don't be afraid of color. I can tire of selling all black cases. One player just ordered a green tuba case with black trim - it's spectacular.

Leather - black, dark chocolate brown, cinnamon brown, burgundy, British tan, dark green, red

Fabric - black, red, burgundy, hunter green, bright green, dark blue, brown, tan

Two-tone up-charge: zero

 

Delivery

Almost all cases are shipped within 2 weeks.  We keep a few popular sizes in stock, usually in black cordura, for immediate shipment.  Call for availability.

 

Weight

Leather: 13 lbs
Cordura: 9 lbs

Prices

Leather, any size $650
Cordura, any size $400

 

Cronkhite cordura case in burgundy, left, and several leather cases, right, thanks to Wade Rackley for the pic.

Leather cases from front to back: black w/burgundy* sides, dark brown and British tan, and dark brown with cinnamon brown sides

Cronkhite tuba case in burgundy cordura    Cronkhite leather tuba cases, thanks to Wade Rackley

 

 

List of Cronkhite cases and tubas that fit

Have a tuba that's not listed here? Fill out this sizing form and fax or email it back to us, and we'll find the right case model for you.

 


Stock Sizes

We usually have these cases in stock in black cordura, sometimes black & blue cordura. 
Other sizes and colors are made to order.

Miraphone: 181, 186, 188, 191, 281, 283, 291, 381, 1281, 1291, 1292, 1293

Gronitz: PCK, PF125, FZ125

Alexander: 162, 163, 173

B&S: PT7, PT10, PT15, PT16

Meinl Weston: 3450, HoJo, 45SLP, Kodiak, 6450

Hirsbrunner: HB9

Rudolph Meinl: 3/4 CC

 

 

Tuba Model
Case
Bell x Length
Adams, NL (same cases as Hirsbrunner) call  
Alexander 154-157, 166, 167 ALX 155 15 x 38.5
Alexander 164 Kaiser ALX 164 17.75 x 43
Alexander 162, 163, 173 MIR 186 17.75 x 41
Besson, B&H 981, 982 Eb BBH 981 19 x 35
Besson 983 Eb BBH 983 17.25 x 37
Besson 993 CC BBH 993 20 x 40
Besson 995 BBb BSPT 20 19 x 36.5
B&S PT1 BS PT1 19 x 42.5
B&S PT4 BS PT4 17.75 x 34
B&S PT6 BS PT6 19 x 41
B&S PT7 GRO PCK 20.5 x 39
B&S PT12 BS PT12  
B&S PT10, PT15, PT16, 5100 BS PT15 16.5 x 37.25
B&S PT20, PT606 BS PT20 19 x 36.5
B&S 2310 (King Musica) ALX 164 17.75 x 43
Canadian Brass CB50, Getzen GG50C CBG 50 19.5 x 32.75
Cerveny 6/4 B KAL KCC 18 x 38
Cerveny 681 CER 681  
Cerveny Piggy CER PIG 15.75x 34
Conn 3J, 5J, 12J CON 12J 18 x 35
Conn 52J BS PT4 18 x 34
Conn 53, 54, 56J CON 56J 20 x 35
Gronitz PF 125 GRO 125 16.5 x 34.5
Gronitz FZ 126, 127X GRO FZ 16.5 x 36
Gronitz PCK GRO PCK 20.5 x 39
Gronitz PCM HIR HB2 17.5 x 38
Gronitz PE55 GROPE 55 18 x 30.5
Hans Muller 800 ( B&S ) ALX 164 18 x 43
Hirsbrunner HB2 HIR HB2 17.5 x 38
Hirsbrunner HBS 392 HIR HHB2 18 x 35.5
Hirsbrunner HB6 BS PT6 19 x 41
Hirsbrunner HB9 MIR 191 19 x 36
Hirsbrunner HBS 389 BBH 981 17.5 x 35
Hirsbrunner HB12, HB21F BS PT4 17.75 x 34
Hirsbrunner 510 York, HB50 HIR YRK 20.5 x 39
Josef Lidl 701 3/4 CC GRO 125 16.5 x 34.5
Josef Lidl 701 3/4 BBb GRO 125 16.5 x 34.5
J W York 26414 K2341 20.5 x 34
Kanstul 80 F KANSTUL 80  
Kanstul 33, 66, 90 4/4 K2341, (K2341R for top action) 20.25 x 34
Kanstul 5433 BBb Call  
Kanstul 5490 CC Call  
Kanstul 5480 F Call  
King 2341 K 2341 20.25 x 34
Kalison CC KAL KCC 18.5 x 39
Kalison 182, CC plus 1 KAL KTE 18.5 x 40
Meinl Weston 25 BBb ALX 164 17.25 x 43
Meinl Weston 45 SLP BSPT 15 16.5 x 37.5
Meinl Weston 195 BSPT 6 19 x 41
Meinl Weston 2182 MW 2182 15 x 35
Meinl Weston 2141 BBH 983 17.5 x 37
Meinl Weston 2145, 2155, 2000 KCC 18.5 x 39
Meinl Weston 2165 HIRYRK 20.5 x 39
Meinl Weston 2250, 2250NP Call  
Meinl Weston 3450 MIR 191  
Meinl Weston 4450, 4460 Call  
Meinl Weston Fafner 195 BS PT6 19 x 41.5
Meinl Weston 505S MW 505 20 x 40
Meinl Weston HoJo front piston MIR 191 19 x 36
Meinl Weston HoJo top piston MIR 191-R 19 x 36
Meinl Weston HoJo rotary MIR 191 19 x 36
Meinl Weston 6450 Baer GRO PCK 20.5 x 39
Meinl Weston Thor MW THOR  
Meinl Weston Tuono MW THOR (?)  
Meinl Weston Kodiak PT15 16.5 x 37.25
Miraphone 281 Firebird GRO FZ 16 x 36.5
Miraphone 181 BS PT15 16.5 x 37.25
Miraphone 182, 282 MIR 282 16.5 x 37.5
Miraphone 183 RMF 43 15 x 39
Miraphone 184 MIR 184 14.25 x 40
Miraphone 185 RMF43 15 x 39
Miraphone 186 MIR 186 17.75 x 41
Miraphone 186 5U (Old 1972) YBB 641 16.5 x 40
Miraphone 187 KAL KTE 18.5 x 40
Miraphone 188 MIR 188 17.75 x 39
Miraphone 190 Kaiser Protec Large  :-(
Miraphone 191, 291, 1291, 1292, 1293 MIR 191 19 x 36
Miraphone 283 Norwegian Star Eb GROFZ 16.5 x 36
Miraphone 383 Starlight Eb CER PIG 15.75x 34
Miraphone 1281 Petruschka F GRO 125 16.5 x 34.5
Nirschl / Cooley York NC YRK 20 x 39
Rudy Meinl 3/4 CC MIR 188 17.75 x 39
Rudy Meinl 1F43-6S RMF 43 16 x 39
Rudy Meinl RM1 BSPT6 19 x 41
Rudy Meinl 505S RM505S 20 x 40
VMI 2103 K1 BS PT1 19 x 42.5
VMI 103 Call  
Yamaha 321S PT15-R 16.5 x 37.25
Willson 3050, 3100 WIL 3050 20 x 37
Willson 3400 W3400  
Yamaha YBB 321 YBB 321 17.5 x .40.5
Yamaha YBB 641 YBB 641 16.5 x 40.5
Yamaha YBB 105, YBB 105M YCB 621 15 x 33.75
Yamaha YBB 621, YCB 621, YFB 621 YCB 621 15 x 33.75
Yamaha YBB 201 MIR 186 17.75 x 41
Yamaha YFB 861 YFB 861 16.5 x 33.5
Yamaha YFB 822 YFB 822 17.5x 36
York 3082 Eb BBH981 19 x 35

 

 

SKB Tuba Cases

These cases are incredibly sturdy, with fluted sides.  The interior is the same as the MTS, but these have a lower price, and tougher outer shell.  We generally keep both sizes in stock for immediate shipment.  This case is guaranteed forever against breakage.  Includes TSA locks and replaceable latches.  We may occasionally have a demo model case with a few marks on the shell that's available at a discount, please call.

Model Fits These Tubas Availability Price
SKB385W 36" tubas, like Miraphone 282, 191, 1291, 1292, 291, Meinl Weston HoJo, Gronitz PF125, King 2341, Kanstul 33, 66, 90.  Miraphone 1293 is a tough fit, and the foam must be cut and cloth reglued, and even then it's a tight fit. In Stock $525
SKB390W 40" tubas, like Miraphone 185, 186, 188, VMI 103, Yamaha YBB641, Alexander 163, Gronitz PCM, PCK In Stock $565

 

MTS Tuba Cases

Made in the USA, these are an excellent tuba travel case at a reasonable price.  These feature:  hard plastic exterior, padded interior, study latches, wheels.  The tuba is suspended inside the case with plenty of foam protection, so even if the case is dented, your horn should be fine.  The manufacturer cannot guarantee these to be airline safe, since the baggage handlers are so hard on cases.  However, many players do travel successfully by air with the MTS case.

The smallest size, the 1205V, which is a great fit for the Miraphone 1281 Petruschka.

 

Pricing:  We're glad to order any MTS tuba case and drop ship from the distributor direct to you.  We'll pay the shipping in the US 48 states for the moment (call for updates).

Do you want the best price on these MTS tuba cases?  Call The Brasswind.  They have an insane low price and free shipping.  They may be losing money on them.  Take advantage. - Steve
 

Model

Fits these tubas

Availability

Price

Small 1205V 16" bell, 31.5" long, incl. Kanstul 80 F, King 1135, 1140, Jupiter 382, DEG 845, Blessing B450, Yamaha 102, 104 In stock $650
Medium 1207V 18"-20" bell, up to 37" long, incl. Holton 331, Miraphone, 191, 1291, 1292, 1271, Rudy Meinl RMC, VMI 3301, Meinl Weston 2145, 2141, 45P, Conn 2J-5J, 12J, 15J, St. Petersburg BBb, Getzen G50, Cerveny CCB 681-5, King 2341, Fits Miraphone 282 and other smaller tubas if you build up the padding a bit. By special order $725
Large 1209V 22" bell, 40"-42" long, incl. Cerveny CCB681-4, Meinl Weston 25, 2155, Miraphone 186, 188, VMI 2103, Jupiter 582, VMI 101, Yamaha YBB641, YCB861, Alexander 163, Musica/Conn Int. 2301.  Gronitz PCK will fit if you remove the small accessory box from the inside of the case. By special order $750