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What Tuba did Ray Draper use?

Postby ColeGAnderson » Wed Jun 06, 2018 2:55 am

I just staryed listening to some Ray Draper Albums and I was curious about what kind of tuba Ray Draper used during his life. Although it’s likely the microphones, it can have a pretty rough sound at times. It is cool to hear a tuba take a very prominent role in jazz, especially next to a great like Coltrane.

Thanks in advance!
Miraphone 186 5V CC (1983)
B and H Imperial Eb 4V (1963)
Marzan Euphonium (1970s?)
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Re: What Tuba did Ray Draper use?

Postby snorlax » Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:59 pm

A three-valve bell-front piston King.
The roughness was not due to miking.
The early LPs were recorded at Rudy vanGelder's studio, so the
sound was as good as it got for the time.
He was a year or two either side of 18 when
the first LP came out.
Sad life he led.
There is some video of him with Max Roach (!) on YT.
He had a smaller upright bell horn there IIRC.
I crossed paths with him a couple times in NYC in the late 60s/ early 70s

This YT shows the instrument he used at the time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gt1tGiS8dIo
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