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Thomann Little Lion Bb-Baritone

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Baritone / Euphonium

A baritone / euphonium specially developed for children. The entire ergonomics have been specially designed to meet the needs of young children. The three-dimensionally adjustable thumb rest allows smaller hands to reach the valves more easily. Handling the instrument is also made much easier for the child via the playing support.

  • 3 Front Action Perinet valves
  • Bell: Brass
  • Bell diameter: 254 mm (10")
  • ML Bore diameter: 14.50 mm
  • Valves are made from stainless steel
  • Adjustable thumb rest
  • Clear lacquer finish
  • Height: 51 cm
  • Weight: Approx. 2.6 kg
  • Includes a playing support, mouthpiece, case and accessories
Available since August 2018
Item number 413557
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Number Of Valves 3
Bell (Material) Brass
Finish Clear Lacquered
Bore Size 14,5 mm
Incl. Case / Gigbag Yes
$729
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The smallest euphonium ever

It is best for children to start learning an instrument at a young age - after all, they don't say "start 'em early" for nothing. The problem with many instruments that are built for adults, however - particularly low-voiced brass instruments - is that they are near-impossible for children to play. Fortunately, help is at hand in the form of Thomann's "Little Lion" euphonium, which is designed specifically for children. This instrument is built with dimensions compact enough to allow even small children (in school music lessons, for example) to play it properly. And thanks to its height-adjustable leg rest, the Little Lion can grow along with the player.

Front action design

The Thomann "Little Lion" euphonium, which tips the scales at just 2.6kg, features a 14.5cm baritone bore together with a relatively narrow bell diameter of 25.4cm (10"), and it has a compact total height of 51cm. Despite being the smallest instrument of its kind currently available on the market, however, its height-adjustable leg rest means that it can also be played comfortably by taller players. The Little Lion is equipped with three Périnet valves, which are placed in the same location as the rotary valves on a conventional tenor or baritone horn - a design known as a "front action". This makes a much more ergonomic playing position possible, enhanced even further by the three-dimensionally adjustable thumb rest. So convinced is Thomann of the effectiveness of this concept that the company has even registered a patent for it.

Perfect for brass music classes

As its name already suggests, the Little Lion is a euphonium designed specifically for children, and its size should allow children aged six and over to play it comfortably, while greater flexibility is provided by the aforementioned adjustable leg rest and particularly by the use of a neck strap (in which case the Little Lion's light weight of just 2.6kg will be immensely helpful). And despite its compact dimensions, the Little Lion still sounds like a full-fledged euphonium, and it can absolutely be played by adults provided that three valves are enough for them.

About Thomann wind instruments

Thomann-brand instruments, which are exclusively built by renowned manufacturers, now constitute a large part of Thomann’s product range alongside numerous big-name brands. With unbeatable price-performance ratios, Thomann wind instruments are the obvious first choice for students and beginners – and others too. The technical features and uncompromising sound quality they offer are usually reserved for much more expensive instruments found in the professional market segment.

Indoors and out

The large and unwieldy size of brass instruments voiced in the bass clef is a particular disadvantage for children, and even tenor and baritone horns - while among the most compact of these instruments - are still too much for a six-year-old to handle. However, that is precisely the age at which school pupils begin to learn to play, and the Thomann Little Lion euphonium is the perfect instrument to allow even the smallest primary school children to practise their first notes without having to perform a contortion act in the process. At the same time, this instrument is an excellent choice for adults to play outdoors, as its light weight makes it extremely easy to handle when using a neck strap, and it also features a socket for mounting a marching lyre.

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Gut durchdacht und ideal für Kinder
Trompetenmicha1 15.01.2020
In unserem Einsteigerorchester spielen Kinder ab sechs Jahren, die meisten fangen mit einer Bb-Trompete an. Ganz am Anfang Kunststoffinstrumente, nach einer gewissen Zeit dann Umstieg auf Metall. Das geht meist nicht anders, allein schon wegen der Körpergröße und -kraft. Wie überall stellt sich nach den ersten Jahren dann die Frage wie man am Besten den Übergang auf tiefere Instrumente bewerkstelligt.
Am Besten wäre ja Euphonium im Violinschlüssel, wenn die Dinger für ein achtjähriges Kind nicht so verdammt groß wären. Und genau hier greift das "Little Lion" in wirklich idealer Weise. Kaum zu glauben wie klein man so ein Euphonium bauen kann. Ungefähr doppelt so schwer wie eine Trompete und ca. 50 cm hoch. An das Instrument lässt sich eine höhenverstellbare Beinstütze anschrauben, so dass das Mundstück immer genau auf die richtige Höhe eingestellt werden kann und auch immer vor dem Mund sitzt und nicht vor der Brust oder der Stirn -:) .
Drei Ventile sind in dem Alter genug, ein viertes wäre übertrieben und so lässt sich auch Gewicht sparen. Die Intonation ist gut, man kann mit den "Großen" prima zusammenspielen.
Alles in allem perfekt so ab acht Jahren würde ich sagen und die Kinder fanden es auch auf Anhieb gut. Nach einer Stunde lief die Sache schon rund.
Alles richtig gemacht Thomann, damit sind wir eine Menge Probleme los. Der Umstieg ist jetzt einfach und macht denke ich auch Spaß, gut aussehen und klingen tut das Euphonium nämlich auch.
Und nun nach längerer Probephase doch noch ein negativer Punkt: Die Hülle hat keine Rucksackträger und das Instrument ist zu schwer als das Kinder es in der Hand tragen könnten. So ist es zwar toll zu spielen, aber nicht transportabel. Eine Notlösung bietet die Ritter RBS7D, von der wir zwei gekauft haben. Notlösung, weil es eine echte Presspassung ist. Mal sehen, wie lange das gutgeht. Fazit also: Super Instrument aber leider für Kinder nur mit Hilfe Erwachsener zu transportieren. Schade.
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Little Lion Euphonium
Helmchen 29.03.2021
Tolles Instrument zum Lernen für Kinder ab ca. 7 Jahre.
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