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    I've recently started recording myself and putting the audio on audacity. A while ago a classmate talk a bit about how he looked at the sound waves to help him figure out his sound and resonance. I'm curious if anyone else does this and has any suggestions on what I should be looking/listening for with these sound waves. I play the tuba in college and right now I have been looking for "blocks" or smooth waves and not sure if this is correct or not.

    Thank you!

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I have tried to asses my sound as you suggest, and so far I've had luck only with rudimentary observations. When I was considering switching from my beloved Sterling Virtuoso to the Adams, it took me a while to decide. One observation I had was that in the wave form comparison (using Audacity), the Adams seemed to have more "in the middle" of the wave.

    But it's tricky for sure. For one thing, the steady-state tone comparison is useful, but it is not the whole story. Part of the sound is how the horn transitions from note to note, and also how quickly it can adjust to new volume input from the player.
    Dave Werden (ASCAP)
    Euphonium Soloist, U.S. Coast Guard Band, retired
    Adams E3, Denis Wick 4AL (classic)
    Instructor of Euphonium and Tuba
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