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Thread: Compensating vs. Non-compensating tuba

  1. Compensating vs. Non-compensating tuba

    I've read much about the hows and whys on this subject but still dont know definitively if my Allora 4 rotary valve BBb tuba is compensating or non-compensating. I just want to know how to tell so I can download the proper fingering chart :-)

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    Welcome to the forum!

    I'm not aware of any compensating rotary valve tuba on the market today so I'm guessing you're is not.

    Play a D with 12. Then play the same note in the same octave with 124. The pitch would not change of you have a compensating horn.
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    Dave's right about this.

    The Allora BBb tubas (105, I presume) are direct copies of the Miraphone 186 horns.
    Gary Merrill
    Wessex EEb Bass tuba (Denis Wick 3XL)
    Mack Brass Compensating Euph (DE N106, Euph J, J9 euph)
    Amati Oval Euph (DE N106, Euph J, J6 euph)
    1924 Buescher 3-valve Eb tuba, modified Kelly 25
    Schiller American Heritage 7B clone bass trombone (DE LB K/K9/112 Lexan, Brass Ark MV50R)
    1947 Olds "Standard" trombone (Olds #3)

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