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Buescher BBb

Postby hrender » Wed Jul 19, 2017 9:43 am

Found this (somehow) on a search. Don't think I've ever seen one of these before now. Anyone ever play one?

http://www.thebrass-exchange.com/catalog/buescher-military-style-upright-bb-tuba-vintage

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Update: Based on the catalogs here and here, it appears to be either the No. 79 or the No. 666 BBb Upright Bass. Cool horn.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby the elephant » Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:40 pm

It appears that they renumbered the tubas between those years and that they were both the same horn, essentially. And yes, it appears this is one of those two models. Nice find. I have never seen one of these and would love to play one someday. You looking to buy, or just sharing an oddity with us?
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby tofu » Thu Jul 20, 2017 3:36 am

My Muni band owns the recording bell version of this horn. We had a female tubist using it some 20 years ago and she really liked it. The conductor is a tubist and has used it for a few outside in the summer solos/duets with the band type numbers and I know he really liked it as well. Actually preferring it over his recording bell front action Martin Mammoth for those concerts. I never picked it up and played it so I can't add any personal opinion. I'm sure it's currently buried in one of the storage rooms of our performance center. I'll have to dig it out and try it for grins.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby hrender » Thu Jul 20, 2017 12:05 pm

the elephant wrote:It appears that they renumbered the tubas between those years and that they were both the same horn, essentially. And yes, it appears this is one of those two models. Nice find. I have never seen one of these and would love to play one someday. You looking to buy, or just sharing an oddity with us?


Just sharing it. I'd like to try it, but given I'm ~800 miles away, I'll have to wait until I'm out that way.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby humBell » Thu Jul 20, 2017 6:47 pm

Recording bell has been available on ebay for a little while...


http://www.ebay.com/itm/322591624879

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Not to mention the 2 Buescher Eb helicons and the sousaphone also on ebay.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby roweenie » Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:10 am

Easy cut to CC.... :twisted:
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby KiltieTuba » Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:12 am

I've been thinking of buying those Eb helicons.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby roweenie » Mon Jul 24, 2017 10:15 pm

KiltieTuba wrote:I've been thinking of buying those Eb helicons.


I used to own one - it was a very nice-playing horn, but the circle was so tight that I'd get cramps in my elbow and bicep from the angle my arm was at while playing it.
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Re: Buescher BBb

Postby TheHatTuba » Tue Jul 25, 2017 12:15 am

KiltieTuba wrote:I've been thinking of buying those Eb helicons.

Really enjoy mine. 17" bell, tiny bore, most fun instrument I have ever owned.

One of the Ebay ones looks like the larger model. Never tried one, but hopefully it tunes better than the tuba equivalent.
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Re: Buescher Eb

Postby humBell » Tue Jul 25, 2017 9:33 am

Also to add to the Buescher Ebs for sale, this craigslist posting in Lawrence, KS

https://lawrence.craigslist.org/msg/d/vintage-flat-tuba/6203610409.html
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