• C.G. Conn Valve oil for Brass Instruments

    This item is a premium oil for lubricating the valves of brass instruments for fast and trouble free valve action. Made by Conn In America. This is a great silicone based valve oil that has a long lasting effect.
    £2.95
    Brand: Conn
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  • Besson International Series BB flat Tuba

    Besson International BB flat bass in lacquer. Instrument plays well - valves are pretty good. All tuning slides move and work. Comes with newer style Besson wheeled hard case which is in very good condition.
    £340.00
    5 bidsEnding Sunday at 8:14PM BST2d 10hCollection in personBrand: Besson
  • Denis wick, London brass no2 mouthpiece

    Brass trumpet mouthpiece used a few times but don't play trumpet no more so no use for it
    £0.99
    1 bid
    £3.99 postage
    Ending 27 Sep at 7:45AM BST4d 22hBrand: Denis Wick
  • Besson 600 Series Eb Tenor Horn With Case and Mouthpiece

    It will arrive complete with it's case and original Boosey & Hawkes mouthpiece, both which are in good condition. - The tenor horn itself is in good condition, however there is some wear and tear purely from age.
    £98.00
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    Ending Today at 4:39PM BST7h 11mBrand: Besson
  • BBb 4 rotary valves tuba wessex

    Wessex BBb 4 rotary valves \tuba in excellent condition with just 1 Dent as shown in photos.
    £750.00
    0 bidsEnding 29 Sep at 7:46PM BST7d 10hCollection in person
  • NYLON SCREW TO REPLACE METAL VALVE GUIDES

    Simply Remove the old metal guide, screw the new plastic one in and use a heated craft knife to cut the guide to shape and use a small file or emery board to get a good fit. (the guide would be too dellicate and would snap if screwed in after cutting.).
    £1.50
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  • Helicon in F (4-valve)

    Amati Kraslice 4-Valve Helicon in the key of F. Stand not included. This instrument blows really well, everything works and it makes a great sound. No case I accept PayPal or cash Will deliver within 50 miles of Rugby or collection only (no postage)
    £450.00
    0 bidsEnding Today at 9:13PM BST11h 45mCollection in personBrand: Amati
  • SYNTHETIC WATERKEY CORK FOR MOST BRASS INSTRUMENTS

    THESE ARE APPROX. 9MM WIDE AND HAVE A CONVENIENT STICKY BACK COATING FOR LESS MESS WHEN FITTING! T/A Brass-. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list ! Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £1.00
    £1.00 postage
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  • Yamaha YEB 321S Four Valve Tuba, Silver-Plated Finish

    Tuba: The tuba is in very good overall condition, there are no major dents or scratches, and the valves work well and are in good order. The silver-plate is sound throughout most of the instrument. There are a few areas of wear to the plate, but not much, and it still catches the light beautifully.
    £1,250.00
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    £29.99 postage
    Ending 26 Sep at 4:51PM BST4d 7hBrand: Yamaha
  • Besson 700 SERIES TUBA SERVICE KIT

    £££ SUPERB VALUE £££. 1 x Set of 8 Genuine Besson Softstop Felts. 4 X LIGHT TUBA SPRINGS. 1 SET OF 4 VALVE GUIDES SIZE 7. Fix UK. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list !
    £22.95
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  • Besson Sovereign Tuba Valve Guide (no. 8)

    A single vlave guide to fit Besson Sovereign Tubas. The guide fits over the stem and keeps the valve in place while it is in the instrument. These are manufactured to fit the largest diameter (production of valves has varied over time) and may need filing to fit.
    £1.00
    Brand: Besson
    Free postage
  • Denis Wick DW5523 Baritone Straight Mute

    Please review the full item description of item "Denis Wick DW5523 Baritone Straight Mute" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £65.50
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    MSRP Previous price£77.69
    Brand: Denis Wick
    Free postage
  • Leningrad/ St Petersburg BBb Rotary Tuba

    Here we have a Leningrad BBb 4 rotary valve tuba in raw brass. (These instruments are currently made as the St Petersburg 201-which has a slightly larger bell.). These are a surprisingly compact tuba with a very large bore.I have included a photo alongside my EEb for comparison.
    £2,150.00
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  • New listingDenis Wick DW5518 Tuba Straight Mute

    Please review the full item description of item "Denis Wick DW5518 Tuba Straight Mute" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £190.16
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    MSRP Previous price£232.44
    Brand: Denis Wick
    Free postage
  • New listingTuba 3 valve Besson New Standard BBb .

    This is a Besson New Standard ( Class A ) large BB b Tuba made in modern pitch in 1968 & still plays really well. All valves & slides move nicely. A few dings especially along the rear narrow tubing but overall looks good.
    £675.00
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  • New listingTuba 3 valve Eb Compensating by Boosey & Co.

    This is a Eb Tuba made early last century by Boosey & Co in modern pitch. All valves & slides move nicely. There is some plate wear on the silver ( say 10%) & a few small dings, with mouthpiece & new gig bag.
    £425.00
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  • Lafleur Single B Flat Bass Tuba

    Here we have a trusty Lafleur Single B flat Bass. It's got the usual bumps and lumps one would expect from a Bass that's been in service. We've been through the instrument and all the slides move and the valves are great.
    £800.00
    £10.00 postage
  • New listingWeltklang Eb Tuba small size with 3 valves including mouthpiece

    The 3 valves have a smooth action and due to it's small size, measuring aprox: 82cm overall length, Bell diameter aprox. 36cm (14") and weighing about 5kg the instrument would be ideal as a first instrument for a student learning to play Bass.
    £165.00
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  • Large Vintage Brass Tuba Mouth Piece - Denis Wick London 1L Tuba Mouthpiece

    Brass Tuba Mouthpiece. By Denis Wick London. 20 years old. Size 1l.
    £45.00
    Brand: Denis Wick
    £4.50 postage
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  • CHORD DELUXE SOFT PADDED BBb FLAT TUBA GIG BAG CARRY CASE 173.396UK

    Our deluxe Bb Tuba carry case has been manufactured from heavy-duty nylon and reinforced to ensure complete protection of your instrument. The interior compartment is lined with soft, black, velour fabric to protect your instruments immaculate finish.
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  • CHORD DELUXE PADDED EEb FLAT TUBA SOFT GIG BAG CARRY CASE 173.399UK

    Our deluxe EEb Tuba carry case has been manufactured from heavy-duty nylon and reinforced to ensure complete protection of your instrument. The interior compartment is lined with soft, black, velour fabric to protect your instruments immaculate finish.
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  • STEINER BRASS INSTRUMENT MOUTHPIECE EXTRACTOR/PULLER

    Why pay VAT and Import Duty from USA? BUY NOW IN UK!
    £29.80
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  • Besson BE177 New Standard Series Eb Tuba

    Please review the full item description of item "Besson BE177 New Standard Series Eb Tuba" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £2,150.00
    Brand: Besson
    MSRP Previous price£2,412.41
    Free postage
  • Boosey & Hawkes Imperial EEb Tuba - Silver Plate (used instrument)

    Following its service by our technician, the tuba is fully functional. The value of the work was £450. The inner surfaces of the pistons and slides are clean and wear-free, resulting in smooth, easy and quiet action.
    £3,300.00
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  • Besson Imperial EEb Tuba - Satin Silver Plate (used instrument, 1979)

    The cosmetic condition of the tuba is fairly good. Tiny dings can be found across the instrument (particularly on the bottom bow and bell flare) but there are very few dents larger than this. One such dent can be found at the bottom of the second branch, and a series of similar dings line the pipework between the third and fourth valve casings.
    £3,350.00
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  • BB450R Holton Collegiate Compact BBb Tuba. Brand New and in Stock

    Holton "Collegiate" - Key of BBb. 669" bore, 3/4 size, 3 valve top action, 14.5" upright bell, stainless steel pistons, rose brass mouthpipe, clear lacquer finish, Holton tuba mouthpiece, molded plastic shell case.
    £1,800.00
    Brand: Holton
    Free postage
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  • Willson 3400TA EEb tuba (lacquer)

    Willson 3400TA EEb tuba - lacquer finish. It has a clear and direct sound and can be used in brass bands, wind bands or orchestras. Whilst the Sovereign is noted for its warm sound, the Willson has a clearer tone, with better protection, and the notes slot very well.
    £5,200.00
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  • Besson Sovereign BE994 BBb Tuba - Lacquer (used instrument)

    It was in a very dirty condition on arrival, but has always and remains a strong blowing and powerful tuba, and following the overhaul by our technicians is mechanically and physically strong, however the lacquer is very tired and scratched.
    £3,900.00
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  • Bass, Eb Tuba Elkhart 100TUE

    The Elkhart 100TUE half-size Tuba in Eb is great for beginners and young players. It is a good quality instrument for amazing value for money that is suitable in schools and brass bands. The valve and slide layout make it an easy instrument to play and it is lighter for the younger player. It also has 3 valves (instead of the traditional 4). In addition it has a 16.80mm bore and 13" upright bell. The Elkhart 100TUE Tuba outfit comes complete with a mouthpiece and a lightweight case with shoulder straps for easy transportation.
    £1,287.95
    Brand: ELKHART
    Free postage
  • Yamaha Maestro YEB-632UK EEb Tuba - Lacquer (used instrument)

    The overall cosmetic condition of the tuba is very good. The bell flare has been de-dented, leaving only one visible ding, which was too small to remove. There is one more distinct, small dent on the bottom bow, the brass of which feels rippled to the touch as the result of multiple small impacts on the player's side of the instrument.
    £3,990.00
    Brand: Yamaha
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  • Yamaha Maestro YEB632S EEb Tuba - Silver Plate (used instrument)

    The Maestro tubas have now been superseded by the Neo model, but the Maestro remain very popular as the thinner bell makes them more responsive and easy blowing. Following its service by our brass technician, the instrument functions fully, plays very well, and demonstrates a smooth, easy valve and slide action.
    £4,200.00
    Brand: Yamaha
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  • Tuba Compact Practice Mute

    The mute will work with both EEb and BBb Tubas and will also work with other makes and models of Tubas that have a very similar bell size. Simply put it in the bell and take it everywhere. Use it to warm up before concerts and for general practicing.
    £99.95
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  • ***NEW*** GENEVA SYMPHONY EUPHONIUM

    Having produced Bb cornets & trumpets, flugelhorn, tenor horn, baritone, euphonium; this new design is yet further improved on its previous model and still retains its beautiful sweet, rich tone. This instrument demonstrates a beautiful sweet sound coupled with near excellence in intonation which sets it apart from the rest of the field.
    £4,995.00
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  • WILSON EUPHONIUM SCREW ON VALVE GUIDES SET OF 4

    GENUINE WILSON PARTS BOUGHT DIRECT FROM WILSON. Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list ! Fix UK. 1 Link Way.
    £19.95
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  • Catelinet CTU12S Eb Bass Tuba - Silver-Plated (used instrument)

    Our senior brass technician was responsible for the refurbishment, and the result is very good; the instrument plays well and all the valves and tuning slides are in good order. The instrument has been chemically cleaned internally.
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  • Chord 173.396UK Bb Tuba Gigbag

    Please review the full item description of item "Chord 173.396UK Bb Tuba Gigbag" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £77.77
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    MSRP Previous price£89.00
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  • Top Silver Plated Large TUBA Horn Mouthpiece Outer Diameter 13.4mm

    Note: The color of the item may vary slightly due to photography and your own computer This is a Brand New great looking and sounding Metal mouthpiece for Tuba,and made from all new heavy gauge yellow brass material. Specifications: Material: Yellow Brass Surface: Silver plated Color:Silver Socket Size:13.3mm/0.52" The interior of the Caliper cone is 30mm / 1.18" The outside of the Caliper cone is 45mm / 1.77" The outside Caliper mouth is 13.4mm / 0.52" Weight:262g Package Includes:.
    £15.48
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  • Besson BE994 Sovereign BBb Tuba

    Besson BE994 Sovereign BBb Tuba in Lacquer (Pre-owned). A few small dents here and there, but nothing major. Case in good condition, wheels and clasps in-tact and working.
    £4,250.00
    Brand: Besson
    £30.00 postage
  • VALVE FELTS FOR EUPHONIUM SET OF 4 [A85]

    Fix UK. Be sure to add me to yourfavourites list ! Why not check out our other great deals HERE>>.
    £2.45
    £1.00 postage
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  • Besson BE982 Sovereign EEb Tuba in Lacquer (Pre-owned)

    Besson BE982 EEb Sovereign Tuba in Lacquer.
    £4,500.00
    Brand: Besson
    £30.00 postage
  • B&S 160 baritone horn (silver-plated, 3-valve, non-compensating)

    This baritone horn (serial no. 397116) is an unused instrument. B&S instruments are made in Germany to a very high standard. They blow easily, and the build and valves are of high quality. B&S are likely to discontinue this model because of competition from cheaper instruments made in China.
    £1,495.00
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  • Chord 173.399UK Eb Tuba Gigbag

    Please review the full item description of item "Chord 173.399UK Eb Tuba Gigbag" for all information regarding delivery and technical specifications.
    £75.28
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    MSRP Previous price£89.00
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  • Professional Silver Plated Large Tuba Horn Mouthpiece Musical Instrument

    Note: The color of the item may vary slightly due to photography and your own computer This is a Brand New great looking and sounding Metal mouthpiece for Tuba,and made from all new heavy gauge yellow brass material. Specifications: Material: Yellow Brass Surface: Silver plated Color:Silver Socket Size:13.3mm/0.52" The interior of the Caliper cone is 30mm / 1.18 " The outside of the Caliper cone is 45mm / 1.
    £13.84
    £1.80 postage
  • bb flat tuba

    Here I have a BB flat tuba used by myself for 25 years and I've owned it from new, Three quarter size so ideal for younger players and novices but still a quality instrument, I learnt on it and eventually played with a first section silver band so you will see it's very versatile. It is made by boosey and hawkes and is there 400 series. Has one or two dents but that's totally usual with tubas mainly due to the size of them when moving around etc but doesn't detract at all from the sound or tone of the instrument Includes soft case and mouthpiece etc UK BUYERS AND COLLECTION ONLY PLEASE Thanks for looking The Eggshell gallery
    £500.00
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  • Cerveny Emperor Euphonium- Model EP6566-2, compensating, silver plate (ex-demo)

    Cerveny Emperor Compensating Euphonium in Silver plate Model EP6566-2 (ex-demo instrument). The lightweight build and easy blowing nature of this model makes it ideal for either a young player, looking to reach grades 6 to 8 , or an adult playing in a town band who finds something like an old Boosey and Hawkes Imperial too demanding to play.
    £3,100.00
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  • Renaissance 6500 EEb Tuba

    With a range of design features unique to the Trevor James Renaissance range of brass, including the new TJ acoustic bell brace, we believe that the Trevor James Renaissance brass range has set a new standard in brass manufacture and design and is clearly 'Built to Perform'.
    £2,900.00
    £35.00 postage
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Tubas

Tubas are part of the brass instrument family and are the instrument with the lowest pitch. They are by far the largest instrument, but the basic techniques used are fundamentally the same across the brass family. 

The tuba takes the bass part in an orchestra or band, usually only on one singular instrument. 

Tubas are tuned to a number of pitches including F, E♭, C, or B♭. These also all vary in size ranging from 3.7 metres to 5.5 metres.

Tubas are usually played sitting down with the bell facing up and because of this, posture is key. Tubas are also used in marching bands with a strap for support.

The tuba has the lowest register in an orchestra, reinforcing the string and woodwind sections. They are seen as the most essential part of an orchestra because of the low register they provide.

Notable tuba pieces include:

  • Tuba Concerto - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Tuba Concerto - John Williams
  • Ordner Seg - Oystein Baardsvik
  • Fantasy for Tuba - Malcolm Arnold

The tuba is also used as the bass for brass quintets, concert bands, military bands and brass bands. Tubas are also sometimes used in jazz bands.

Types of tuba

Contrabass

  • Pitched in C or B♭
  • Many professionals use C tubas
  • B♭ tubas are used for beginners and in schools

Bass

  • Pitched in F or E♭
  • E♭ tuba played an octave above a contrabass
  • F tubas are usually played by professionals and are common in European orchestras

Tenor (Euphonium)

  • Pitched in B♭
  • One octave higher than a contrabass
  • Smaller in size

Subcontrabass

  • Very rare
  • By far the largest and lowest tuba, one octave below a contrabass

Tubas in jazz music

Tubas are often used in the place of a double bass, especially for outdoor performances due to the louder acoustics. They are often used for solos, and many double bass players are also able to play the tuba.

There are many accessories you can buy for tubas, including:

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