Me Playing a Sub-Contrabass Tuba

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    At NeRTEC 2003, Amherst, Mass. This sucker takes A LOT of air to play! It's worth it though! I think every time you play it, there's a small earthquake.

    Tenuous link: Full of hot air

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    1. Boris alias Molotovio 82 months ago | reply

      good to take into the field with a marching band!

    2. TubaOrNotTuba 82 months ago | reply

      lol, for looks if for nothing else! ...perhaps a Trojan horse?

    3. Shiznitz !!! 76 months ago | reply

      Woah you could fit a small child in there!

    4. TubaOrNotTuba 75 months ago | reply

      @ Shiznitz: Maybe even a large one!

    5. Oom Pah 74 months ago | reply

      Oh man!!! I've gotta get myself one of them!!!

      Small earthquake?? I can make a small earthquake with my BBb, you could take the earth out of orbit with that thing! (Assuming you had a oxygen tanks for lungs)

      -Tuba players are great kissers, you must be set for life!

    6. shiningblastiafield 66 months ago | reply

      You couldn't even take it out on the field because if you did, the audience and the band would all have messed themselves because that could make the brown noise

    7. nevenkaa_ 65 months ago | reply

      Holy crap!

    8. lizochka_65 63 months ago | reply

      That's nuts. Marching band must be such a chore.

    9. Symphonyboy 63 months ago | reply


      I am a PhD. student at UCLA and I have a large composition for extended-instrumentation orchestra that includes a SUBCONTRABASS TUBA part!! Is there any way you might be available to perform with this beast in Los Angeles?? UCLA would hold a forum on it and make it worth your while....

      Or if you could even just give me any first-hand knowledge and/or answer questions...

      E-mail I would LOVE to chat with you abut the big subcontra!


    10. louisa_catlover 60 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Classical Musicians' World, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
      Seen in the group"LOW BRASS !!!" (?²ˣ)

    11. AzureOblivion 59 months ago | reply

      BWAHAHA! That's AWESOME! :D
      *is a tuba player*

    12. Purple Bear [deleted] 58 months ago | reply

      whoooaaaaaaa thats amazing! :D i soo want one of those :)
      haha but im barely 5'6. probably to short to reach the mouthpiece lol.
      Girl tuba player! 3 years in a row! :D :)

    13. j3sn3ss 58 months ago | reply

      Soooo cool! It's massive- makes mine look like a baby!

    14. glenn3rd2004 56 months ago | reply

      Impressive. Have you considered playing your tuba in a major symphony or philharmonic orchestra? Or have you ever played William Kraft's 'Encounters II' (which has C0 or 16.35 Hz. as its lowest note)? Anyway, we need tubas like yours in major symphony and philharmonic orchestras around the world to give the brass sections more 'low end'. What key is your tuba? BBBb? EEEb? FFF? or even BBBBb?

    15. David Cory 49 months ago | reply

      This image has been added to the gallery "Tuba Madness."

    16. kerowyn47 35 months ago | reply

      Hi, I was wondering if you would consider licensing one of your photos of the subcontrabass tuba for use in the Wikipedia article "Subcontrabass tuba" here:

      Images on Wikipedia have to be licensed under this copyright license:


    17. TubaOrNotTuba 33 months ago | reply

      Kerowyn47 - I don't see a problem with that...

    18. oporto16 28 months ago | reply

      This is a display instrument, and one of only four professionally made examples of this instrument known to exist.

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