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Postby timayer » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:32 am

I have stopped being surprised at how many people don't know what a tuba looks or sounds like.

I have on two occasions, separated by a period of years and several thousand miles, had my tuba playing confused with oboe playing. One was "Was that an oboe you were playing?" The other was a, "Well I heard an oboe this morning..."

I guess I should also be surprised at how many people don't know what an oboe looks or sounds like.

Has anyone else been accused of being an oboe player?
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby TheTuba » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:42 am

timayer wrote:I have stopped being surprised at how many people don't know what a tuba looks or sounds like.

I have on two occasions, separated by a period of years and several thousand miles, had my tuba playing confused with oboe playing. One was "Was that an oboe you were playing?" The other was a, "Well I heard an oboe this morning..."

I guess I should also be surprised at how many people don't know what an oboe looks or sounds like.

Has anyone else been accused of being an oboe player?


Idk about a oboe, but my tuba has been confused with a lot of things
One of my favorites was when a adult asked me why I was holding a big piece of metal.......
I mean, he's not wrong :cry:
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Schlepporello » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:21 am

Mine has been most commonly mistaken for a trombone. "Trombone!? Them's fightin' words!" Also, a year or two after I started playing at church, our brass section was preparing to play a set at our local mall. At that time I owned a Bueascher (?) 3-valve top-action tuba. A guy walking buy asked me what it was, to which I told him it was a tuba. So this guy who couldn't carry a note in a bucket and had n6o experience at all proceeds to tell me that I'm wrong. He based his ignorance on the fact that he had a nephew who played baritone and it was shaped just like my tuba, therefore I was playing a baritone. "Gee thanks Mr. Ima Pro! I can't believe that I've played this thing all these years only to find out that I had it all wrong."
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby bloke » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:29 am

...an ~actual~ musical instrument :|
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Stryk » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:35 am

bloke wrote:...an ~actual~ musical instrument :|

:lol: :lol: :lol: :tuba: :tuba: :tuba: :lol: :lol: :lol: :tuba: :tuba: :tuba:
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby bort » Fri Jul 06, 2018 11:43 am

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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Worth » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:06 pm

When: Commuting to work onto an Air Force Base. Taking my Tuba in the Cronkhite bag through the gate in my back seat. Additionally, lugging it on my back into the building (to avoid sitting in my car all day in the FL daytime heat).

Confused with what: I was always concerned someone would unknowingly think it was some kind of suicide backpack or IED. No one ever even blinked an eye.

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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Donn » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:08 pm

French horn, baritone. Tent, when it was in its home made bag.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby joshealejo » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:11 pm

In spanish, the word "trombon" sounds like something very big as the accent is on the last "o"), so when they see something very big they just call It trombone lol
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Bill Troiano » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:33 pm

15 - 20 years ago, after playing a concert with the Atlantic Wind symphony, a gentleman approached me backstage as I was packing up. He went on about how great I was and how he could hear me and how I was manipulating the slides and playing in tune . I let him go on and thanked him several times. Then, he wrapped it up by saying, boy, you're some french horn player.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Doc » Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:48 pm

Most often: Baritone

I've been asked where I got my fancy duffle bag (gig bag). I've also been asked where I was going with my laundry. :shock:
All that, plus $8.00, will get you a venti at Starbucks.
Or in my case, a large can of Folgers.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby bloke » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:03 pm

When asked the difference between a sousaphone and a tuba, I've explained that the sousaphone has many more contraptions and devices on it, including a way to plug it in to a public address system (which is why they are most often chosen over tubas for outdoor use). I go on further to explain that it was invented in 1893, ten years after the first America city was wired for electricity, and that a special permit - a license, if you will - is required to operate a sousaphone, and that a safety test must be passed - demonstrating mastery at the "journeyman" level - prior to operation or ownership. I then reach in my wallet to show them a sousaphone reed along with my permit. I fumble around for a bit, shrug sheepishly, apologize, and suggest that those items are probably at home in the sousaphone trailer, along with the sousaphone and it's sound system.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby timayer » Fri Jul 06, 2018 1:24 pm

bloke wrote: and that a special permit - a license, if you will - is required to operate a sousaphone, and that a safety test must be passed - demonstrating mastery at the "journeyman" level - prior to operation or ownership.


The flute player in front of me in marching band in sixth grade would have been a lot happier had I had to pass a safety test before marching with a sousaphone. Had I been tested, it would have been apparent that I couldn't stay upright in a stiff breeze. Long story short - marching, tailwind, she stopped, and I couldn't.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Schlepporello » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:33 pm

One day at the conclusion of our morning services, I was walking through our foyer with my gig bag on my back. Two elderly women were talking and one said to the other "Oh look! That poor man came here to church with all his possession on his back.". The other lady said "That's Wayne and that's his tuba. He plays in the orchestra, remember?"
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby snorlax » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:15 pm

PATRON OF THE ARTS, LOOKING AT SNORLAX'S EUPHONIUM: "Is that a French Horn/"
SNORLAX: "No, ma'am; it was made in China."
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby pecktime » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:30 pm

“Big trumpet” is my favourite.

Oboe seems to be the catch-all term for instruments that people don’t know. I’ve heard it applied to bass sax, tuba and double bass.

When I played regularly with a ukulele group (on double bass) the standard joke was ‘that’s a big ukulele!’ To which I replied, ‘no i’m just a small guy’.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby bloke » Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:38 pm

My music director (before someone clued him in to the misnomer, "cimbasso") referred to mine as "the big trombone" (which, actually, is the CORRECT name for it).

Ride programmed on the concert:
Hey Joe,
Did you bring the big trombone...??
...etc.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby GC » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:06 pm

Most commonly: big trumpet.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Mark » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:45 pm

Someone once asked me if my tuba was a French horn. When I told them no, it was a tuba, they assured me that they knew what a tuba looked like and my instrument was not a tuba. As everyone knows, the tuba wraps around your body.
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Re: What has your tuba been confused with?

Postby Ken Herrick » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:54 pm

Too many jugs of beer one night when working at Your Father's Moustache in Chicago back in the 60s. Or was it me?
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