Posted by Jason Guidry on April 14, 2002 at 13:29:27:
In Reply to: BB-Flat and C...what?! posted by M. Johnson on April 14, 2002 at 12:58:19:
The answer is yes. :=0
here's the deal, all tuba parts are written in concert pitch, or 'in C'. when we refer to a tuba's key, we are simply stating what the fundamental, or open pitch is. so, while you play a BBb tuba, meaning the open pitch is a Bb, the part you will read is written 'in C' aka concert pitch.
this is a naming convention unique to tubas, as most other instrument names refer to the transposition of their part.
Hope that Helps