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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Mark Finley » Thu May 11, 2017 10:42 am

TubaofGilman wrote:.
Not sure of the name of the Eb tuba and it's a 3 valve.



It's like going to war with a water pistol


Get a BBb.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Heliconer » Thu May 11, 2017 12:28 pm

58mark wrote:
TubaofGilman wrote:.
Not sure of the name of the Eb tuba and it's a 3 valve.



It's like going to war with a water pistol


Get a BBb.


I laughed. But this is a perfect anology.

+1 for BBb, also being that the fingerings are VERY similar to what you already know.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby bloke » Thu May 11, 2017 1:58 pm

What is this goes for only $6XX or so...??

http://www.ebay.com/itm/King-BBb-Tuba-w-Recording-Bell-/201918834818

imo...The pair of cases - if in good shape - are worth $150...even if the tuba's new owner doesn't want them.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Tabor » Thu May 11, 2017 2:06 pm

This board member has TWO horns for sale that would really be great in a community band setting. The Olds/Reynolds will allow you to put a floor down on just about anything, and if that isn't enough, he has a 20j for $750.


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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Mark » Thu May 11, 2017 2:48 pm

TubaofGilman wrote:9 flutes, 1 oboe, 7 clarients, 1 bassoon, 6 bass clarients, 6 saxes, 6 trumpets, 5 percussion, 3 French horns, 2 trombones, 1 tympani, 1 mallet, 1 euphonium and 1 tuba.


Are the 6 saxophones all bari saxes? This would compliment the 6 bass clarinets.

BTW, I agree that a BBb tuba would be the way to go.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby TubaofGilman » Thu May 11, 2017 3:58 pm

1 barisax, 2 tenor and 3 altos
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby imperialbari » Thu May 11, 2017 7:25 pm

The baritone saxophone in many band arrangements will have the same notes as you have, as its downwards range is very much the same as the one of your present tuba.

If I had any influence on the the distribution of the bass clarinets in your band, I would let one play the bass clarinet part, two play the baritone/euphonium part, one play the bass trombone part, and two play the tuba part. Might take some rewriting of parts.

Your band still would benefit from you playing a contrabass tuba. A BBb would be the cheapest, but if you are more comfortable with playing a CC, then that also would be of benefit for your band.

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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby bloke » Thu May 11, 2017 9:09 pm

just an opinion...
4 of those bass clarinets, and 2 of those whatever-saxes should move to 2nd/3rd clarinet.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Heliconer » Thu May 11, 2017 10:33 pm

bloke wrote:just an opinion...
4 of those bass clarinets, and 2 of those whatever-saxes should move to 2nd/3rd clarinet.


What does any Tuba player REALLY know about balance? :tuba: :tuba:
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Donn » Fri May 12, 2017 1:46 am

You never have enough bass clarinet. Six is kind of minimal.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby sousaphone68 » Fri May 12, 2017 2:48 am

A 4 valve Eb with a 19 inch bell would work. I regularly play in a 40 piece band as the only tuba.
A BBb tuba would be slightly less work on your own a second player playing a BBb would be perfect.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby barry grrr-ero » Fri May 12, 2017 10:49 am

Get a 4 valve BBb tuba - it'll give you the most 'bang for your buck'. That's a lot of trumpets and percussion you're having to put a bottom on. Use a decent size mouthpiece, like a Bach 18 or something.

6 bass clarinets? . . . that's unusual. If that's correct, then the Eb tuba range is pretty well covered.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Wyvern » Fri May 12, 2017 7:06 pm

TubaofGilman wrote: I have been eyeing the Wessex Danube for an Eb.

I would suggest that a 4-valve compensated Eb such as the Wessex Solo or Champion - or 5-valve Gnagey would be more suitable for your purpose. The Danube is designed to have the tone of a large F tuba, so is not really suitable as the only tuba in concert band. What you want is breath of tone to support the band. An Eb tuba of the correct sort can provide that breath. I frequently am the only tuba in concert bands of 40 or 50 and have no trouble providing satisfactory bass on one of the above tubas.

As well as suitable tuba you also need a deep mouthpiece (I use a Chief which most people would consider too large for Eb - but it gives me the sound I want in concert band) to provide the appropriate sound and correct tonal approach. Don't overblow and rasp, but think big and broad using slow air. The tuba needs to be felt as much as heard.

BTW I took a cimbasso to band rehearsal one week and the conductor absolutely hated it on the bass part. I had to go and get a tuba out of car at first opportunity :oops:
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby TubaofGilman » Sat May 13, 2017 9:09 am

Thank you for your insight on the Wessex Eb tubas. I think that's the direct I will go. A 5-valve Gnagey for any solo or small group play and the Wessex four valve 5/4 Tuba ‘Wisconsin’ – TB550 for our main community band play. What's your thoughts?
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Mark Finley » Sat May 13, 2017 9:15 am

Probably good choices, I like the Luzern as well
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Wyvern » Sat May 13, 2017 9:45 am

TubaofGilman wrote:Thank you for your insight on the Wessex Eb tubas. I think that's the direct I will go. A 5-valve Gnagey for any solo or small group play and the Wessex four valve 5/4 Tuba ‘Wisconsin’ – TB550 for our main community band play. What's your thoughts?

Those will work well...
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Z-Tuba Dude » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:15 pm

TubaofGilman wrote:Trumpets and percussion very loud.
Are numbers are:
9 flutes, 1 oboe, 7 clarients, 1 bassoon, 6 bass clarients, 6 saxes, 6 trumpets, 5 percussion, 3 French horns, 2 trombones, 1 tympani, 1 mallet, 1 euphonium and 1 tuba.
Not sure of the name of the Eb tuba and it's a 3 valve.

6 bass clarinets???!?
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby MaryAnn » Mon Jan 22, 2018 2:28 pm

I think that many don't understand how ... amateur? ... some community bands are. They get together whoever is available and try to make music together. It's a whole different ball game than a big city with several top notch bands. So you see weird things like 6 bass clarinets and 6 saxes, because that's what's available, and they make music and make do. So....my advice to the OP would be the usual: see if there is a way to try your choices IN the band, and how do they work? Do you have the air for a BBb, after all these years on Eb? It is quite different....and I agree with Klaus that a CC would work as well. What matters is which can you get what you want out of, the easiest.
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Re: E flat tuba or e flat cimbasso??

Postby Donn » Mon Jan 22, 2018 3:02 pm

Six bass clarinets - sounds great to me! Maybe we can sign out on this little thread resurrection with some music, Ray Pizzi JAMB bass clarinet quartet on Four Brothers.
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