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Euphoniums

A euphonium is the second largest instrument in the brass family. It is described as having a ‘sweet and dark’ sound. This instrument has a baritone voice and is played with valves, but should not be confused with a baritone horn.

 The euphonium and the baritone differ in size. The baritone is a cylindrical bore instrument, which gives a brighter sound, whereas the euphonium has a conical bore, giving a mellower sound. However the technique and range of these instruments are identical, making it easy for musicians to switch between the two.

The shape of this instrument is similar to a tuba, only smaller. It can be played sitting down with the bell facing up.

Euphoniums are pitched in B♭ and are used in a number of musical genres including school bands, marching bands, concert bands and orchestras. A euphonium can play in the bass clef and the treble clef in concert pieces.

The euphonium is typically a band instrument and is often used for a solo. In some orchestral music the euphonium plays the part of tenor tuba, as orchestral pieces are not usually written for euphoniums.

Models of Euphonium

Compensating

  • Common for professionals
  • 3 upright valves and 1 side valve
  • Designed with extra tubing

Double Bell

  • Larger bell creates a mellower tone
  • Second smaller bell creates a brighter tone
  • The smaller bell can give a clearer sound in the higher range
  • Can be used for echoes and special effects
  • The smaller bell can be used instead of a trombone

Marching

  • Used in marching bands and schools
  • Requires strength when carrying
  • Rich, deep and dark sound

Five Valve

  • Very rare and very valuable
  • Made by Besson and Highmans
  • 3 valves on top on 2 on the side

 There are many accessories you can buy for your euphonium, including:

  • Hard cases
  • Soft cases
  • Mutes
  • Stands
  • Straps
  • Valve oil
  • Mouthpieces
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