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King Step-Up Model 2341W 4 Valve Tuba

About the Model 2341W

Great concert tuba for an intermediate price. This three piston front action tuba has a great resonance and is capable of great projection and dynamic range.
King Step-Up Model 2341W 4 Valve Tuba

The King 2341 is a great concert tuba for an intermediate price. This four piston, front action tuba has a great resonance and is capable of great projection and dynamic range. Its modular construction allows for easier cleaning and repair. The nickel silver mouthpipe helps withstand corrosion and nickel plated pistons provide smooth, quick action and unmatched durability. Heavy duty wheeled case. Available without case as model 2341. Availble in silver-plate finish as model 2341WSP and in satin silver-plate finish as model 2341WSB.

King - Key of BBb, .687" bore, 4 valve front action, 20" bell, modular construction, nickel silver mouthpipe, nickel plated pistons, clear lacquer finish, King 18 mouthpiece, 7640C molded 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.

These instruments 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 I.  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 World War II, 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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