have been looking at ads for used instruments, and would like to
know the meaning and significance of the size of the instrument
such as 3/4, 4/4,5/4, etc. I know this is probably a stupid question,
but I always played a school instrument in high school and college,
and didn't realize there were different sizes.
is your opinion on a front action piston type versus a rotary valve
you please give me some idea of the practical frequency or pitch
range for tuba. I've searched the internet but am unable to obtain
any clues as to a practical upper limit (one which is comfortable
to play). If I was to compose music requiring a BBb tuba, what might
I expect from a professional tuba player?
Silver vs. Brass :
Would you know of a useful resource where I may find explanations on the physical nature of a tuba and how its construction affects the sound of the tuba (i.e., lacquer vs. silver)(general and specific issues to consider)? Is there typically a timbre contrast in piston and rotor tubas? Affect of bore size on tone production? Also very importantly, things that one must consider and examine on a tuba before purchasing it?
I am having some problems producing a vibrato and I was wondering if you could give me some tips