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Tuba Naming: Do you do it?, Why do you do it?, Names?

Postby The Brass Gamer » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:12 pm

I've been naming my horns for as long as I've been playing. My C is a B&S 3198 that I call Bydlo not after the Picture, but after the translation meaning cattle or cow because compared to what I was used to before I got her, Bydlo felt like a cow. My F is a YFB-621s and her name is Yennifer. I almost always named my horns with a J until I got my very first tuba that I owned. Yennifer was that first horn and I wanted to call her Jennifer, but it felt wrong so I gave it a little Yamaha update, thus Yennifer. I've always had a "problem" about getting honestly sentimentally attached to my horns, like their apart of my little family. Do you name your horns? If so, what are their names? Lastly, why do you name them?
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Postby the elephant » Wed Jul 04, 2018 2:31 pm

Some of my work horns and my bass have earned names.

Holton 345 — Mama Cass
Mack 410 — Madame Chiang
Kurath F — Lavay
Kay C-1 — Aunt Charlene

Past horns that earned a name:

Alexander 163 — Lucille
Kalison Daryl Smith — Googa
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Postby Schlepporello » Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:24 pm

All of my horns share the same name. "Mine."
I'm just crazy about dementia.
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Postby bloke » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:16 pm

If I get a mile or so away from home, and realize that my suit, music, and mute are all in the car...but my horn is still sitting in the carport, I might call it "oh crap".
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Postby windshieldbug » Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:29 pm

My horns all have nicknames for ME.
A few of them are almost repeatable in polite company. :shock:
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Postby MikeW » Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:50 pm

Boosey & Hawkes Imperial Eb Troglodytes Troglodytes (Indigenus) - aka TT. Named for the original's musical habits
Besson 2-20 Eb Vic (that's where I got him)
Besson 600 Bb The Babe (a very small and cheap 3 valve, but the valves are smooth)
Couesnon Eb Kiddo The roughest on the block

None of them are female - you don't wrestle with a lady in public.
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Postby the elephant » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:43 pm

None of mine are male. Anything that spends that much time in my lap and on my lips had better be female. 8)
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Postby Ken Herrick » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:48 pm

the elephant wrote:None of mine are male. Anything that spends that much time in my lap and on my lips had better be female. 8)


AMEN - no make that AWOMEN
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Postby SteveP » Wed Jul 04, 2018 11:21 pm

Sure I name them. I call one "my Eb" and I call the other "my Bb". That way my wife knows which one I'm referring to.
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Postby Heavy_Metal » Thu Jul 05, 2018 12:51 am

Only name I have is for my 20J- "The Beast". I only use it for those outdoor gigs where there is no acoustical shell, like today's parade where we rode on a flatbed trailer. It's easily the biggest tuba in The Section, which is how it got its name.

One of my section mates calls her Ziess "Loki".
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Re: Tuba Naming: Do you do it?, Why do you do it?, Names?

Postby ren » Thu Jul 05, 2018 1:38 am

My gf named my F tuba "tuba gooding jr"

best tuba name ever.
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Re: Tuba Naming: Do you do it?, Why do you do it?, Names?

Postby Kirley » Thu Jul 05, 2018 11:07 am

ren wrote:My gf named my F tuba "tuba gooding jr"

best tuba name ever.


That’s also the name that the sousaphone player from The Roots goes by. FYI
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Postby bearphonium » Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:07 pm

My Yorkmaster 3/4: Toby the Tuba ( my first horn)
My VMI 201: Heidi (named by the original owner. Since its a Gerhard Shciber (sp, I think, sort of) because she's a nice German girl.
My Miraphone 186: Brunhilde. A big German girl. (the horn gifted to me by a fellow ensemble member)
My King sousaphone: K-Rex. KingKing. (also a gift from Jim Newell, Tubameister)
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VMI 201 3/4 BBb
King Sousaphone
Conn 19I 4-valve non-comp Euph
Yamaha FZ1 and FJR

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Postby bort » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:09 pm

I don't name my tubas.
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Re: Tuba Naming: Do you do it?, Why do you do it?, Names?

Postby bloke » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:13 pm

bort wrote:I don't name my tubas.


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Postby bort » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:17 pm

The tuba formerly known as Willson.

I don't have any tubas at all right now, maybe I shouldn't even vote!
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Postby bloke » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:49 pm

There are several unique new models currently being presented to us.
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Postby KingBassTrombone » Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:10 pm

I give some of my instruments nicknames and short names of sorts. They're not very creative but my friends know what I'm referring to when I call them by these.

Besson Brevete BBb tuba: Big-A$$ Besson or B-pher
King 1235 EEb tuba: E-pher
King 5B trombone: My Child
Olds Super trombone: The Olds
Schiller Bb/F trombone: Nickel Shadow
King 2266 baritone: The One-ba (half of a two-ba is a one-ba... right?
Besson Brevete 221 BBb Recording tuba
1933 H.N.White King 1235 EEb bell-forward
King 2266 bell-forward baritone
+9 other miscellaneous brass
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Postby timayer » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:50 am

When I had a Rudy 5/4 - "Rudy."

Current horns:
PT6 - "My big horn"
182 - "My little horn"
Boston Instrument Co. BBb - "The Bb"

I'm unwaveringly creative.

Why come up with these creative names? "Honey, I've got a rehearsal. I'm taking my big horn." Or - "Yeah, we can all fit in the car. I'm just bringing my little horn." Or - "I know that sounded weird. I was playing the Bb." Or - "Boy that would have been fun to play on Rudy."
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Postby Tubainsauga » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:23 am

The only name that has really stuck is my sousaphone. It is a 32k Lady Face Conn that I picked up in Niagra Falls and she leaves my shirt rather damn at the end of a set. She has been dubbed: "The Maid of the Moist" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maid_of_the_Mist

My RM 3/4 CC is occasionally called Regular-Sized-Rudy, after the minor character on Bob's Burgers.
http://bobs-burgers.wikia.com/wiki/Regular_Sized_Rudy
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