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3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby marccromme » Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:53 pm

I find it takes some training time to get used to a 5V non-compensated tuba fingerings, plus the little pinky schlepping the 4th is always hard to do in combinations involving 4+2 and 4+3
Then there are 4+2 - giving better intonation, but same issue with the little finger.

Now I got a silly idea: combining a 3V Eb tuba, adding a 3V Bb tuba valve set, makes automatically a 6V tuba in 3+3 layout. No little finger needed! Standard layout on both hands.

The Bb 3rd valve probably needs some length adjustment to function as an Eb 4th valve (lowering a quart from Eb), but the Bb1st circuit makes a perfect-in-tune Eb 5th, and the Bb 2nd a perfect Eb 6th valve.

Fingering is the same as a 4+2 layout, just with the difference that the quart valve is at the 3rd in left hand.

Everything is done using standard components - and Eb horn and an additional Bb valve set giving increasing bore towards the bell for free.

Silly or ingenious idea ??
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby hrender » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:33 pm

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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby iiipopes » Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:53 pm

Comments:

1) the original Wieprecht-Moritz tubas had 3+2 or 3+3 fingerings, so there is nothing new in the world; and
2) The French C tuba functions in a similar manner.
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby The Big Ben » Thu Nov 08, 2018 2:13 pm

iiipopes wrote:Comments:

1) the original Wieprecht-Moritz tubas had 3+2 or 3+3 fingerings, so there is nothing new in the world; and
2) The French C tuba functions in a similar manner.


Wessex sells a French C tuba. here's a link to the page showing it:

https://wessex-tubas.com/collections/tu ... tuba-tc236
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby marccromme » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:39 pm

Hal - what a nice looking tuba - what is it ?? What is the tuning of the left hand valves?

Both the Wessex and the original C-tuba have odd valve length - the idea oaf a 3+3 is to have the usual vlave length, just moving the right hand 4th til left hand 3rd. Anybody has don this?
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby hrender » Fri Nov 09, 2018 4:58 pm

It's a tuba designed by Dr. Fred Young based on a King Pit tuba. Click on the pic above to get to Dr. Young's LinkedIn page. His CV is here. This blog post by his son explains the layout of the valves. You can also search on the board for old posts about/by Dr. Young describing his horn and his mouthpiece design.
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby bloke » Fri Nov 09, 2018 10:45 pm

hrender wrote:It's a tuba designed by Dr. Fred Young based on a King Pit tuba. Click on the pic above to get to Dr. Young's LinkedIn page. His CV is here. This blog post by his son explains the layout of the valves. You can also search on the board for old posts about/by Dr. Young describing his horn and his mouthpiece design.


That's cool...but - were anyone else to play another's-design 6-valve tuba - any other person would soon discover some unintended serendipitous valve combinations - as well as some that were front-end planned which did not work out as well as originally hoped.
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby marccromme » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:48 pm

Thanks for the explanaiton of the Dr. Fred Young tuba layout. I never thought of using the 6 valves for 6 consecutive half-tone step lenght, such that no combinations are needed down to the tritonus E, only single valves. Cool idea.
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby bort » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:09 pm

Not to sound disrespectful, but there's not very much I like about that Fred Young tuba. If it works for him, great. But for me... "no thanks."
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby bloke » Sun Nov 11, 2018 8:30 pm

It's an interesting mathematics project, but I've not found "bad intonation" on any/many King BBb tubas (regardless of two or four loops) in particular - with only 4 valves.
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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby Steve Marcus » Sun Dec 02, 2018 5:43 pm

Dr. Young’s son blogged:

I just uploaded two videos, and I hope to upload some more. The videos are on YouTube...In some of the videos I am playing the trombone part on a euphonium. In all the quintet videos my mother is playing the (french) horn part on a horn and my father is playing the tuba part on his monster BBb/EEE tuba. It has been nearly 20 years since the day this video was made. The link http://youtu.be/pdb3LHRv4YQ takes you to a tuba solo written by Georges Barboteu and performed by Dr. Frederick J. Young in Smethport, PA, USA.


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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby roweenie » Sun Dec 02, 2018 11:58 pm

The concept of 6 semitone valves is nothing new - Adolphe Sax did it over 150 years ago.

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Re: 3+3 valve tuba ???

Postby hrender » Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:15 pm

Steve Marcus wrote:Dr. Young’s son blogged:

I just uploaded two videos, and I hope to upload some more. The videos are on YouTube...In some of the videos I am playing the trombone part on a euphonium. In all the quintet videos my mother is playing the (french) horn part on a horn and my father is playing the tuba part on his monster BBb/EEE tuba. It has been nearly 20 years since the day this video was made. The link http://youtu.be/pdb3LHRv4YQ" target="_blank" target="_blank" target="_blank takes you to a tuba solo written by Georges Barboteu and performed by Dr. Frederick J. Young in Smethport, PA, USA.


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Not a great quality video, but here it is.



A couple more from the same performance:



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