Posted by Gerald J. on August 20, 1999 at 09:59:57:
In Reply to: Eb Question posted by Brian on August 19, 1999 at 22:24:18:
It all depends on the Eb horn. I have an old Holton (big for an Eb) that for me plays the same range as a BBb and isn't especially easier in the upper octave. With worn valves this old horn isn't well centered anywhere. Figure out which of your Bb horns is easiest to play up an octave from written and double the octaves with what you have. It will lighten the ensemble without expenditure or confusing a player.
Or put a baritone on the bass part up an octave... Some Eb I've played covered baritone parts easily.