|An 1860s Ophicleide|
The Ophicleide had a short period of popularity as a chromatic bass brass instrument, but like the other keyed bugles it lacked depth of tone and power. Also know as the Russian Bassoon (probably what Samuel Coleridge Taylor was referring to in his Rime of the Ancient Mariner) was soon replaced by the earliest attempts at modern tubas as soon as valves were invented.
|Early 20th Century French C Tuba|
My Baby Besson EEb
New Standard, Westminster, Sovereign.
When I moved I had so little space that I sold a tuba, I was devastated at the time, but now I'm so glad that I have held on to my trusty old "Baby Besson"
If this is all far too much Tuba Talk for you, don't worry normal service will be resumed, as I now start to think about what I will be wearing as much as what I will be playing for my next few concerts.