Miraphone introduces the new Hagen 494 BBb tuba. Joining the larger Hagen 495, 496 and 497 models, the 494 features a .740" bore, four rotary valves and a 16.9" bell. Miraphone calls it the 3/4 size Hagen ("three quarter size") but it looks pretty big to me...just not as big as the other Hagens. The 494 has a vertical tuning slide like the 282 and 191 BBb models and a fairly wide bell throat, I bet it handles about like the median of those two. Still rotary, but a slightly faster taper than a 186. Efficient but fluffier. Beef. Also looks a little like a Cerveny Piggy tuba to me, a little less piggy but those same proportions: wide bell throat, tall top bow.