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Assuming the stumbling block you are facing is the physical size of your grandson vs. a tuba or sousaphone, there's only so much you can do to reduce the standard instrument's size. Unlike string instruments, which offer smaller versions of themselves tuned the same way, wind instruments require a tube of a certain length to play the proper tone. Tubas do ...


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Looks like a Sousaphone to me. :)


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That is a Sousaphone, but this one is made mostly of fiberglass plastic (except for the small brass pipes and valves.) Other Sousaphones are made with brass parts (sometimes silver plated.) It is not "Home-Made" - Sousaphones are manufactured by several music instrument companies in the US, Europe and Asia. Sousaphones are usually pitched in BBb (old ones ...


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You can normally use silver solder on brass instruments. It may take a propane torch instead of a soldering iron. A lot of instruments are silver-plated brass. Check for and seal leaks in the joints and around the valves and spit valves. They can cause resonance problems that make it hard to hit certain notes.


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The Eb tuba that is smaller than BBb tuba, but it still feels like a tuba... Like NReilingh said, there are different sizes also within the key, but you can get Eb tuba quite small. I started playing Eb tuba in a shool orchestra at the age of 10. When playing I used to have the tuba lying horisontally on my lap to reach up to the mouth piece. This worked ...


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Looks like a Tuba/Sousaphone. The smaller Tuba you're referring to is probably a Tenor Tuba/Euphonium.


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This site gives lists of various serial numbers for Conn wind instruments. If it was made in 1987 or later: From 1987 on, the two-digit prefix number plus 50 will give you the year of manufacture on all Conn products... Data for the years 1967 to March 1974 is rather sketchy, for it was around that period of time that the Conn Brasswinds were being ...


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i think the man in the photo is a member of "Los luthiers" (a group from argentina). if he indeed is, i bet he built his instrument quite probably based on a tuba. It is not uncommon for them to build their own instruments, with cans, bottles, etc.



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