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    Just picked up a Conn 28K Satin silver with gold trim 4 valved Eb sousaphone. I've been wanting to get a good sousaphone for awhile now and when I came across this one the wife said yes so I did it:thu: The little I've played it so far it seems to have a good response throughout the range. Gonna take it out to my classroom tomorrow and run through some of the pep band tunes with my students this week and then take it to the Octuber fest in a couple of weeks to run it through its paces.

    Here's a link to some pics if anybody is interested: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=26639&id=1662936609&l=65e65b8106
    <div class="signaturecontainer">Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;<br />
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    Looks like a nice one. My college had some junky old lacquer Sousaphones; the tubists would have killed to have something like that to play!

    What key are most Sousaphones in? I'm not well versed in tubas, but I thought Bb (or is it BBb?) was standard for Sousaphones.
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    • #3
      You will most commonly find sousaphones (and the typical school horn) pitched in Bb (or BBb if you prefer). In the early part of the 20th Century a lot of schools in the US started tuba players on Eb horns as the transition from a Bb trupmet or baritone was an easier one; also because most Eb's are typically smaller in size and therefore require a little less air, though you are a brass player and understand that may not always be the case

      Anyway, most sousaphones are BBb, but as my personal tuba is an Eb I've been looking for a good Eb sousaphone or helicon to use and came across this one so went ahead a jumped on it. I just ran it through some of my solo works and etudes and it plays very well with only one or two funky notes that can easily be fixed with alternate fingerings. All in all I am happy with this horn so far.
      <div class="signaturecontainer">Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;<br />
      tell of all His wonderful acts.<br />
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      • #4
        Even on smaller horns alternate fingerings are the only way to make some horns play right. Very few Eb trumpets play the D, Eb and E at the top of the treble clef in tune using "normal" fingerings.

        Sounds like you have a nice new weapon in your arsenal.
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        • #5
          beautiful! I didn't know people bough personal sousas, though
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          • #6
            I bought it in the hopes of eventually getting a strolling type dixie jazz group going and the sousaphone would be more practical for that type of setting. I also figured if I'm going to continue teaching in smaller rural schools that I will continue playing at the games with my pep bands so I'd rather have a good Eb rather than continue to go from my Eb concert tuba to a BBb sousaphone and occasionally miss a note because I fogot which horn I had:facepalm:

            That and I just really wanted one to call my own:love:
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            • #7


              That and I just really wanted one to call my own:love:


              Thats 90% of why I have two Bb trumpets.:thu:
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              • #8
                Thats 90% of why I have two Bb trumpets.:thu:


                And why I have a professional euphonium, a bass trombone, a straight tenor trombone (in addition to my wife's), and a 2 valved baritone bugle pitched in G. Who knows what tomorrow's adventures will bring to the growing family :lol:
                <div class="signaturecontainer">Sing to Him, sing praise to Him;<br />
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                • #9
                  And why I have a professional euphonium, a bass trombone, a straight tenor trombone (in addition to my wife's), and a 2 valved baritone bugle pitched in G. Who knows what tomorrow's adventures will bring to the growing family :lol:


                  My college had a SWEET 5-valve C tuba. Everyone should have one!
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                  • #10
                    That is a nice sousaphone you got there. I started out on Tuba what seems years ago. I had a full-ride playing for a local college but ended up dropping out of the Music Ed. Program.... Biggest mistake of my life. I mainly played BBb and C but did use an Eb from time to time for solo work... Great keyed instrument. I definitely like them, and you sousa find there. VERY NICE
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