Category Archives: Rotary Valves

Choosing a Contrabass Tuba: BB-flat or CC?

In the past few months I have had several students at both the college and high school levels ask me for guidance regarding purchasing their first tubas. Given the state of the national economy generally and Mississippi’s perennial status as … Continue reading

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A Short Guide to Maintaining Rotary Valves (and Other, Related Valves)

Low brass players and teachers know well the sound of noisy, poorly-maintained rotary valves. That annoying “clackety-clack” has been a blemish on many tuba and trombone ensemble concerts, to say nothing of the propensity of poorly-maintained valves to “freeze” at … Continue reading

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