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I believe it's a euphonium. Dave Pell produced that record--I asked him who it was and he was unable to recall who it was but was pretty sure it was a euph--he has produced so many zillion records that they all blend together, as you can imagine...
Nope, definately a tuba!!
I have listened to it probably a hundred times (over many years - I DO have a life, really) and I'm pretty sure it is a euphonium. The mic placement is a little funny, so it's hard to tell from the tone if it is a real euphonium player (which I think it is) or a doubler. But the sound of the few slurs in it seem to place it in the overtone series of a euphonium.
Let's solve this once and for all - will the tuba or euphonium player who played this please raise your hand?!
As I say, I had a conversation with the producer of the record, Dave Pell. He simply couldn't remember who, but was "almost 100% sure" it was euph, and yeah, the mike seems to be stuffed down the bell IIRC. It's in the key of D, again IIRC, which would make the first note a B. I can ask Dave again, but he's "that much older" now and probably doesn't want to go through the session log Shall I ask him again??
So, whoever you are, sign in, please!!
Tommy Johnson told me he played on the recording (this was about 33 years ago he told me this) but he didn't say whether he played tuba or euphonium. So the answer is Tommy Johnson for who. Now the only question is, what was the instrument he played?
On a similar or better note - listen to this unknown tubist! http://youtu.be/mwPPo1gzrAU
(From Jonathan Dorn's collection of tuba feature recordings he has been posting to Facebook.)
Sounds like Tommy on his Alexander Bb rotary euphonium.
Miraphone 291 "Bruckner" CC tuba
Hirsbrunner 6/4 "Yorkbrunner" CC tuba
Yamaha YFB-621 F tuba
Yamaha YBL-622 "Doug Yeo" bass trombone
Yamaha YTR-8445S Xeno C Trumpet
Yamaha YTR-8335RG Xeno Bb trumpet
Carol Bb Pocket Trumpet
To me it always sounded funny- not a tuba or a euph.
My personal theory (before I heard about Tommy Johnson) was that it was a flugel horn recorded at twice the speed and slowed down. But then the flugel player would have to have played in tune...
Meinl Weston 2141 EEb
Boosey and Hawkes EEb
Courtois AC 440
Besson 967 Euph
Conn 32H and 4H
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