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Thread: Thoughts on Alexander 151 Baritone (Tenor) Tuba

  1. Thoughts on Alexander 151 Baritone (Tenor) Tuba

    Has anyone ever played one of these? Am I mistaken, or are the dimensions (Bb, bore, bell size) basically a euphonium?

    I've read about someone using this for Euphonium parts, I'm curious what people here think about it, or if they've tried it.

    https://gebr-alexander.de/en/portfol...%b7-model-151/
    Last edited by 1Cor13:4; 05-11-2021 at 01:38 PM.

  2. I've played on this model for a bit, as the university I went to owned one. It is in Bb, same range as a euphonium, takes a large shank mouthpiece, but has a *very* different sound than your typical euphonium or baritone.

    In the truest sense this is a tenor tuba in design and sound concept. There is an optional longer slide for the 5th valve so you can modify the tuning on that valve depending on your preferences. Can project and cut through an ensemble much more easily than a euphonium can, especially when pushed dynamically. It's a well built, fun to play instrument, though there are some tuning quirks to get used to that require some alternate fingerings compared to what you might be accustomed to on euphonium.

    TheHornGuys has a listing with some good information on the Alex 151 (and also the similar Miraphone 56B)

    https://www.hornguys.com/collections...-bb-tenor-tuba
    Willson 2900 TA-1 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AM
    Yamaha YSL-643 Trombone - Bach 5G
    F.E. Olds Special Trombone (ca. 1941) - Faxx 7C

    Past:
    York Preference 3067 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AL
    Benge 165F Trombone - Benge Marcellus
    Wessex BR140 Baritone - Denis Wick 6BS

  3. Thanks, that's very interesting. I'll have to try to find videos to hear what *very* different sounds like.

  4. I'll try to dig up some recordings/videos where you can hear the horn a little clearer, but for now here's a multitrack recording of a similar instrument in the context of a tuba ensemble:

    Willson 2900 TA-1 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AM
    Yamaha YSL-643 Trombone - Bach 5G
    F.E. Olds Special Trombone (ca. 1941) - Faxx 7C

    Past:
    York Preference 3067 Euphonium - Denis Wick 4AL
    Benge 165F Trombone - Benge Marcellus
    Wessex BR140 Baritone - Denis Wick 6BS

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    These used to be made just for traditional band music in Europe. Then Roger Bobo hit upon the idea of using one with a larger mouthpiece for "tenor tuba" repertoire because it resembled the type of tubas he played and the instrument makers saw the deutchmarks rolling in and went with it. Traditionally, these instruments would have smaller mouthpieces than british euphoniums and more resistance in the leadpipe and then be larger in the bell throat and bore through the valves, so the sound comes out pretty much the same but it's a different blow. The resistance plus the lighter metal they use in the bell usually means they are easier to color while playing and not so uniform sounding across the dynamic range as the british euphonium is.
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    Barry

  6. Thanks, that's very interesting.

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    I'm not sure if it's the same one, but I played an Alexander a few years ago at Horn Guys. It was a beautifully sounding instrument, it just seemed a little awkward to hold and play for me. I didn't spend enough time on it to give a full assessment like Barry.

    Either way, it was an extremely well made horn.
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