Posted by Rob Perelli-Minetti on September 27, 1999 at 06:49:32:
In Reply to: Holton Eb Tuba on ebay posted by H.T. on September 26, 1999 at 23:51:12:
The term "Monster" was widely used at leat through the late 1930's to describe tubas of what we would now call 4/4 size and larger. If you look at early tubas, especially the Eb horns, they are often quite small by modern standards. The King, Holton, and York lines (I know from catalogs ranging from the 'teens to the 'thirties) made basses (tubas) in various sizes, usually termed something like "small", "medium" and "monster" size. A "monster" horn would typically have a bell of 20" to 22" and a bore of .687" or greater.