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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby Ace » Fri May 24, 2019 2:14 pm

These are interesting stories of things being thrown/stuck in large-bell instruments. If a player is working around crowds where a few playful, misguided, drunk people are nearby, wouldn't it be prudent to have some sort of netting material over the bell?

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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby Tubajug » Fri May 24, 2019 10:20 pm

At one point I thought I remembered there being a product that was a mesh circle about 4-5 inches in diameter you could put down inside the sousaphone a ways to prevent stuff from getting very far.
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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby bloke » Sat May 25, 2019 5:19 pm

yes...and it also prevented E-flats and A-flats from exiting the instrument when the written notes were E-natural and A-natural.
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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby YORK-aholic » Sat May 25, 2019 11:14 pm

bloke wrote:yes...and it also prevented E-flats and A-flats from exiting the instrument when the written notes were E-natural and A-natural.


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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby Tabor » Mon May 27, 2019 10:34 am

Saxophyte’s tooth find may take the cake. At one time, for me, it was a glass Dr Pepper bottle. I still have it. Since then, however, I found the head of a sledgehammer in one tuba (I was really hoping it was a tuba sized dent tools), and the type of hard-wired electronic wall-mounted dial timer that you find in old hotel bathrooms with a heat lamp, and also on some hot tubs. It had about 6 feet of wire still attached. That’s probably the most unusual for me.
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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby Tabor » Mon May 27, 2019 10:37 am

Tubajug wrote:I'm resurrecting this thread because I have something to add! I was working on my helicon and finally dislodged what was making it so stuffy:

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Re: Strangest thing you found in a tuba?

Postby toobagrowl » Wed May 29, 2019 2:34 pm

I recently got my 14k sousa back from dent work on the outer bows. I do most of my own repair work, but for things I cannot do I will send out to a good tech. Anyway, early on in the dent work, they found an obstruction in the bottom bow, and the dent ball would not pass. So they had to actually unsolder the bell elbow/ large bow section from the bottom bow. There was a full snare drum stick jammed in the bottom bow. Some damn kid back in the day obviously thought it would be funny to throw the stick into the sousa :x Glad the dents were taken out, along with that drum stick :!:

Back in high school, kids would throw stuff in our sousas -- pencils, gum wrappers, even soda bottles. One day I picked up my sousa and it played and sounded really stuffy. So I looked down in the bell elbow section and saw a small umbrella used by the colorgaurd. I was pissed, so I just pulled it out and threw it clear across the band room :x They never bothered doing that again.....
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Where's that thread about trash found inside tubas?

Postby bloke » Sun Jul 14, 2019 10:12 pm

I've been pulling a bunch out of crap out of various schools' sousaphones this summer.

Just before (this) dinner break, these two items came out of one newish-yet-beat-to-crap brass King sousaphone:

It takes a bit of experience to get soft/spongy things out of tubas, vs. solid objects. This one (once found) only took me about 45 seconds. Without having had experience with ridiculous endeavors such as these, it probably would have taken me hours to get these things out.

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