Posted by Kevin Eckelkamp on May 28, 2000 at 19:59:58:
I love to play sousaphones and until recently I didn't even know what a helicon was until I saw one on eBay and then last week I started thinking about maybe actually purchasing a BBb helicon, instead of a BBb sousaphone(which is what I have been planning to do for quite a while), since it is the largest of the helicons and similar to a sousaphone. I am feeling guilty about what I seem to be doing, which is turning my back on the love for the sousaphone. I just think it would be neat to bring back one of those vintage instruments to life and play in in the parades with the other tubists. It's really only the look and the history of the helicon that attracts me, because otherwise I love to swing that heavy sousaphone around!! If you have any soothing words of comfort or any history tid bits to share, I would love to hear them!