Posted by Art on January 27, 2001 at 10:40:29:
In Reply to: Compensating Systems on Tubas posted by Tom B. on January 26, 2001 at 18:45:08:
I agree that the 3-valve BBb compensating tuba is a great horn. If every high school band tuba section switched over to them a lot of problems would be solved. But it would be a very expensive solution, and we are mostly cheapskates. And nobody would be able to play with a good sound below EEE. To do that we need 4-valve tubas. They get to be pretty heavy in BBb, and very expensive in compensating models.
Compensating systems can (and are) made in front-action as well as top-action models, at least on tubas, at least in 4-valves.
I think it's interesting that serious euphonium players are almost in universal agreement about the cost-effectiveness of compensating systems, and serious tuba players seem to be in almost universal agreement about the advantages of instruments on the key of C. But you almost never see a trombone or euphonium in C.