After many years working on Boosey & Hawkes and early Besson Sovereign Tubas, MJC have developed a range of leadpipes that give alternatives to the standard "Imperial" (982) and the Sovereign 981 pipes.
We also give the option to move the angle or height of the pipe to improve the ergonomics of holding the Tuba.
We can also customise the receiver to adjust the response on the instrument, making the notes easier to slur or lock the pitches in better, depending on your preference.
All our leadpipes and receivers are hand made, ensuring that the quality is consistent every time.
All lead pipes come with an MJC brass receiver as standard. Nickel Silver is available at an extra cost.
EEb B&H Besson/Yamaha
MJC-Swiss pipe (coming soon)
This pipe is based on the rare pipe made for the Swiss market by B&H in the 1960s. A focused sound, similar to the Imperial pipe but with better intonation in the high register.
This pipe is similar in size to the Old imperial but with better intonation.
MJC-02 (coming soon)
An intermediate-sized pipe that is a little bigger-sounding than the Imperial/982.
This pipe is a great all-rounder. It's the pipe we've put on more instruments than any other. It works equally well on EEb, CC or BBb.
A large but manageable sound with good focus. Better 4th valve (EEb) register than the 981 pipe. Good intonation.
This pipe is similar to the MJC-03 EEb pipe with a few subtle variations. It opens up the compensating BBb making the instrument respond and raising the amount of sound possible before the sound breaks up.
" The lead pipe Mike put on my EEb has the sound of a 981 with the response of a 982"
Lee Tsamarklis, London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Fantastic new leadpipe and receiver designed, made and fitted to my Imperial by Mike Johnson. Made to the exact height I requested and blows great! Has really opened up the tuba and has excellent response. For me it has the symphonic sound of a 981 but much easier to blow and sustain across the whole range. Ta Mike.
Ian Foster Tuba Player Royal Shakespeare Company, English Symphony Orchestra.
Nickel Silver Receiver
Gives the aesthetics of a nickel silver finish to the receiver.
This enables the leadpipe to be changed quickly and easily.
Our changeable receiver allows for the fine-tuning of the response of the instrument, without having to cut and change a receiver that you know works well.