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Postby Sousaswag » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:26 am

What are those grips that I have seen stuck to the bottom bow of some tubas? (I believe I saw them somewhere on YouTube.. Chris Olka I think uses them?) So, really the question is what are they and where would I get them? I'm tired of the tuba slipping around on my pants!
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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby fenne1ca » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:36 am

Easiest, cheapest solution is rubber shelf/drawer liner. A nice big piece of that on your leg and tuba slippage is a thing of the past! Couldn't find a listing in black (which is what you'll want on stage), but you can find this stuff in any Housewares department:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01CTAKM ... CA4T489SV6
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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby oedipoes » Sat Mar 10, 2018 3:22 am

Sousaswag wrote:What are those grips that I have seen stuck to the bottom bow of some tubas? (I believe I saw them somewhere on YouTube.. Chris Olka I think uses them?)


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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby Chris Olka » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:45 am

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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby MikeMason » Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:49 am

Old school,self adhesive, dash pads. From before cell phones had grippy cases. Look up Chris Olka and see the exact one he mentions. I got 2 he recommended and they worked perfectly. Hold themselves to the tuba with static cling and tightly to your leg. I forgot the link on second order and got wrong ones. No go. From amazon. Better than shelf liner in my opinion because they are set and forget. Shelf liner requires constant fussing with. As a playing stand user for 20 years, I now feel free. Lighter bag and less gear to mess with.
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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby Sousaswag » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:07 am

Thanks for the help, everyone! I appreciate it!
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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby the elephant » Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:55 am

I use this stuff in black. It is essentially small rubber beads molded into a see-through matrix. I use it for my drinking glasses (in white) and in some of my rolling tool boxes as replacement mats for when I tear up the old ones. The photo below shows that same usage and clearly shows the pattern of the material. It is about an eighth of an inch thick and due to its shape it grips both my pants and my horn very well. I never use it with my jeans as they hold the horn fairly well. but my black suit and tux pants are slick, so this stuff does what I need it to and blends in really well. I cut a sheet that fits across my lap. I like this because, while it sticks to both materials well, I can easily move the horn around. I have had issues with other stuff making it difficult to move the horn.

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Here is a link to it on Amazon...

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Re: Tuba Grips

Postby oedipoes » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:30 am

Seems like sticky pads do not stick to the smooth nickel plated surface of my Rudi...

The best thing I have found so far is non-adhesive tennis-racquet-handle tape.
It's very thin, and provides excellent grip both to the tuba and my pants.
I tape the ends with standard black insulation tape, and it's been holding up for more than a year now, without issues.
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