Tubas are known for their deep, rich tones that compliment other brass instruments. They are the largest of the brass family and can be seen in many orchestras as well as in marching bands. They are also heard in music of the jazz and funk genres.
Due to their size, tubas are often the most expensive of all brass instruments. However, this instrument is a mainstay and essential in various types of music.
Types of Tubas
This smaller hand held version of the brass instrument is mostly used in concert and orchestral settings.
The sousaphone, more easily referred to as a “marching tuba”, is essentially the same as a tuba. However, it is larger and wraps around the player’s shoulders so it can be used while marching.
The baritone horn is a smaller cousin of the tuba and a great addition to many brass and concert bands.
The euphonium is slightly different in shape to the baritone and tuba, but easily confused with them. They produce a more mellow sound than the other two instruments, but the euphonium is used more rarely.
Points to think on
Do your research to find out what key you need for your music, and which tuba is the best for your musical needs.
Buying the right tuba is a worthwhile investment for though they are expensive, they will last a lifetime when well maintained. By learning how to take proper care of your tuba, you will ensure it lasts you many years.
Ensure you budget for things such as valve oil, covers, cases and mouthpieces.
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What to know about buying a pre-owned Tuba
As tubas are very expensive, it is a smart option to buy them used. However, while you may potentially get a better deal on a used tuba, it is important to be alert to the possibility of internal damage such as issues with the valves.
If you find a cheap tuba for sale, you should check to make sure that the quality of the instrument is up to your standards. An important precaution if you are buying from an instrument retailer is to check that the seller has a suitable warranty or return policy.
You will want to be sure that there are not too many visible dents and dings on the instrument. While this may seem to be a superficial concern, dents can affect the sound of the tuba, particularly if they are on the bell of the instrument.
What to know about buying a new Tuba
As stated before, tuba prices are the highest in the brass family because of their size. The most expensive option is obviously going to be buying new.
However, a new tuba will not have any dings, dents or internal damage. Buying new, and taking good care of your instrument, gives you the potential of having it for your entire life. Tubas, like all musical instruments, do require routine upkeep.
Buying new can save you time and the instrument should also come with a satisfactory warranty. If you are a professional musician, it may very well be worth the expense.