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One bit or two?

Postby Hank74 » Tue Jul 11, 2017 2:36 pm

I wanna ask here is there is any difference between using only one sousaphone bit or two when playing. Does it affect the pitch or sound? Usually, a player would use two. But I've seen instances where only one is used.

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Re: One bit or two?

Postby lost » Tue Jul 11, 2017 6:35 pm

Depends on ergonomics and how you hold the sousaphone and what feels/sounds better? The main tuning slide likes two on my sousaphones...
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Re: One bit or two?

Postby toobagrowl » Wed Jul 12, 2017 5:25 pm

For me, I usually use one bit when playing sousaphone. More comfortable and better response. Remember, sousaphone bits are reverse-taper, so it affects sound and response a little. But because I use just one bit, I have to pull the main tuning slide out a bit more.
Each time you add a bit, the more length you add to the main open bugle, thus making it lower/flatter in pitch. So if you use two bits, you don't need your main tuning slide out as far. The mouthpiece you use also has an affect --(how far it goes in, cup depth, etc). :idea:
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Re: One bit or two?

Postby KiltieTuba » Wed Jul 12, 2017 6:10 pm

toobagrowl wrote:For me, I usually use one bit when playing sousaphone. More comfortable and better response. Remember, sousaphone bits are reverse-taper, so it affects sound and response a little. But because I use just one bit, I have to pull the main tuning slide out a bit more.
Each time you add a bit, the more length you add to the main open bugle, thus making it lower/flatter in pitch. So if you use two bits, you don't need your main tuning slide out as far. The mouthpiece you use also has an affect --(how far it goes in, cup depth, etc). :idea:


Depends on the manufacturer. Some bits are essentially an adjustable leadpipe.

I once played on a sousaphone were I could use one bit or two and have no discernible difference in pitch or tone, even using the same mouthpiece and not changing the main slide.
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