The tuba is a large, low pitched brass instrument well known for its distinct sound. Popular not only as part of an orchestra, the tuba has also been an integral part of jazz music since the inception of the genre. With a history as rich as its tone, now is the time for you to check out this wonderful instrument. When making your decision on which tuba is right for you, it’s important to understand that there are differences between them that can greatly affect their sounds. The BBb tuba generally has a broad sound with more weight than others. This makes them ideal for a full band or orchestra environment. Materials used in construction can also have an impact on the sound of your tuba. For example, a tuba with a gold brass construction creates a darker sound than a tuba made from yellow brass. Additionally, nickel-silver trim such as the type found on a tuba like the 186-4U Series 4-Valve 4/4 from Miraphone resonates differently than other trims, making it ideal for intermediate or professional players. As always, there is no right or wrong BBb tuba for you, just the one that best suits your needs and the sounds you want to hear.
Tubas also come in a variety of different sizes, with the four most common being Â¾, 4/4, 5/4, and 6/4. An instrument like the 482 Standard Series 4-Valve 3/4 BBb Tuba from Jupiter is going to be smaller than the CBB 686-4PRX-O Series 4-Valve 4/4 BBb Tuba from Cerveny. Sizing does not make one tuba better than the other, rather it gives you an idea of which one will best suit you. If you’re taller, with large hands, the 98 Siegfried Series 5-Valve 6/4 BBb Tuba from Miraphone could be ideal for you, if you’re younger, or of a smaller stature, the AATU-105P Series 4-Piston Valve 3/4 BBb Tuba from Allora could be right for you. You may also want to think about purchasing a tuba that you can grow into, maximizing your time and enjoyment with the instrument.
Whether you’re playing in the orchestra or the brass band jazz down in New Orleans, the BBb tuba is an instrument you’re certain to get plenty of joy from. With rich tone and a flare all its own, this instrument is perfect for established musicians and amateurs alike.