Eb Tuba - rare but the band owns one, we'd like someone to come and play it:
The Eb tuba is more of an odd-ball these days, than a common instrument. Still sometimes heard in brass bands, the Eb tuba has fell out of favour in North America in the last 50 years or so. Eb Tubas are still fequently used in europe, as it is actually a flexible instrument than the usual BBb tuba. Originally quite common around the turn of the century up until WWII, the Eb tuba is a small tuba pitched mid-way between the euphonium and the regular (BBb) tuba. It usually plays the same line as the tuba, but often an octave higher instead. Most Eb tubas only have 3 valves, but some have 4 valves which allow the to play just as low as a regular BBb tuba. (The 4th valve allows the player make the instrument as long as a regular tuba for those really low notes.) As with all bass brass, parts for Eb tuba are written in concert pitch and the player must sight-tranpsose themselves as they play--this is the contributes to one of the major reasons the Eb tuba fell out of favour. Most tuba players learn on a BBb tuba, and are hestitant to have to learn the different tranposition needed for the Eb tuba.