Posted by Leland on February 22, 1999 at 22:56:12:
In Reply to: best BBb tuba for a "doubler"? posted by Neil on February 19, 1999 at 03:12:36:
I'm probably the lone dissenting opinion, but I'd say that a good horn to double on would be one that works best for you (sounds old, huh?).
My point is that if you find one that plays well, it'll do better for you. I don't think that picking out, say, a mouthpiece that combines aspects of bass bone and tuba is any benefit, seeing that nobody who plays just one of those instruments uses a "doubler" mouthpiece. It seems like the same applies to the whole horn.
If it plays well, go for it. If you want to go the whole Dixie route, a sousie or helicon would fit the bill (I'd prefer a sousaphone -- a helicon says "polka" to me. Not bad, just different.)
Interesting to not that Arnold Jacobs, with his airflow measurements, found that the bass trombonist had the highest airflow in his orchestra, counting himself. Air volume shouldn't be a problem, then.