Posted by Bob Pucci on August 23, 1999 at 20:50:38:
In Reply to: Re: Double tubas posted by Tom E. on August 23, 1999 at 15:25:08:
I have played the Alex CC/F tuba mentioned and it is a very small horn which is essentially an F with the range of a a CC. I have also seen Dr. Young's behemoth up close
and his tuba is essentially a BBb with six independant airways making it a BBb/FF double with nearly perfect intonation. The basic problem of these tubas and other attmepts at all in one design is that a tuba is a tool but not swiss army knife. No one instrument can solve the problems of range, intonation, tone and projection suggested by a tuba literature that encompasses very different ideas of what a composer had in mind with his bass horn. The Alex horn is attempting to stretch range, Dr. Young to mange perfect intonation, the Besson compensating EEb a bit of both. None of the above are perfect solutions. By the way it is said that Arnold Jacobs borrowed a F/BBb double tuba for a performance of Pictures but played the solo on the BBb side of the horn.