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Arranged by former euphonium student Tanner Jones
The music department at Texas A&M University – Commerce has a variety of tubas and euphoniums for students to check out. While students are encouraged to purchase their own instruments and about half of the studio owns their own instruments, student are NOT required to own their own tuba or euphonium.
- All euphonium majors have the opportunity to check out Besson and Yamaha compensating instruments.
- All tuba majors have the opportunity to check out Miraphone BBb (186) and CC (188) tubas as well as Meinl-Weston BBb tubas and a Yamaha 822 F tuba.
Dr. Baker’s tubas:
Alexander 163 CC contrabass tuba
For many, this is THE quintessential German tuba which serves as Dr. Baker’s main axe. The Alexander family has been producing musical instruments in Mainz, Germany since 1782 (long before the tuba was even invented). Considered a large 4/4 instrument, this handmade tuba has a clear and focused sound that one would expect from a German style tuba. The large bore (.820”) and smaller overall taper (16.5” bell) give the Alexander a penetrating sound that can be used in solo, chamber, and large ensemble situations. Dr. Baker uses a Laskey 30G mouthpiece with this instrument.
Meinl-Weston 2165 CC contrabass tuba
In an attempt to copy the famous J.W. York and Holton 6/4 tubas from the 1950s and 1960s, Meinl-Weston undertook the task of designing a copy of Floyd Cooley’s Holton CC tuba (formerly of the San Francisco Symphony, now instructor at DePaul University). With the help of Warren Deck (former tubist with the New York Philharmonic), the 2165 design has become extremely popular in American orchestras and bands. It’s characteristically broad tone and superb response make it the ideal instrument for the largest of ensembles. Despite its undeniably massive size, the 2165 sports a small bore (.748”) that makes the instrument very efficient and easy to play. This specific instrument was assembled, owned, and used by Warren Deck in the New York Philharmonic. Dr. Baker uses a Laskey 28F mouthpiece for this instrument.
B&S Perantucci Model PT-15 F bass tubaThe flagship F tuba of the Perantucci line. Much like its predecessor the PT-10 and B&S Symphonie, the PT-15 has a gorgeous German sound that projects well and is versatile enough for solo, chamber, and large ensemble works. Pitched halfway between a contrabass tuba and a euphonium, the bass tuba is considered more of a utility instrument. Dr. Baker uses a Perantucci PT65 mouthpiece for this instrument.