As described above, I’m set to buy my first sousaphone but aren’t sure what to look for. Any tips on what to look for when buying used would be super helpful. I’m looking at the $1500-$1800 range
Any tips or good material/books to learn for a first time sousaphone player? I played trumpet for 5 years in middle/high school, but always wanted to play sousaphone. I just recently bought one now that I'm an adult, and I want to get ready for Tuba Christmas and other small, casual gigs. The horn that I got is a King 2370 fiberglass Sousa.
I never really learned how to read bass clef before, so that will be fun, lol. I was told that because I played trumpet, the fingerings will be the same, is that true?
Like I said, any tips or advice for a beginner tubist would be super appreciated! :)
Which one do you prefer for a marching ensemble, which mouthpiece do you use and describe your experience.
Hello everyone! I’m currently on a journey to find a sousaphone. I’ve narrowed it down to three models. The Conn 20K, King 2350, and John Packer JP 2057. I’m leaning towards the Conn or King, though. I’d like to know from everyone’s experience which horn is the best. What are the pros and cons of each model? What did you like about them, or not like about them? I know that I’ll be able to handle all three horns just fine. I’ve personally played a 20K once, but didn’t get much time other than a few hours with the horn. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time with a horn that’s pretty much the same in specs as the King and JP. Just wanted to see what those who have a lot more experience with these horns had to say. Thanks everyone!
I have an old Conn 4 valve sousaphone that I bought from an estate sale when I was a Junior in high school. It was in horrible shape but I was young and naive enough to believe I could bring it back to life on my own. When I got home I stayed up all night cleaning, pulling what valves and slides I could, giving it a bath. I even brought it to school the next day so I could keep working during my teachers aide hour. The first time I played it, it nearly killed me from so much mold and mildew but I was able to get it playable and played it in pep band my last two years. In college it even came to a few pep band gigs and I would love to bring it to Band Alumni events.
I am wondering if it is worth it to send into a repair shop and have makeover done and also if anyone has any resources to help me get some more background and info on my horn. The gentleman who owned it prior to me was a Musician in the Marines and based on the Conn Selmer Serial Index it was made in 1925. Pictures... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey guys! I have a background in trumpet, but have taken something of a hiatus (which I regret). I was recently gifted a sousaphone, which I have always wanted to learn. However, I'm having a heck of a time figuring it out. Aside from the sheer volume of AIR I need to sustain these beautiful velvety notes, I lack resources. Can anyone recommend a good place to start, figuring out the key of my particular sousaphone, learning to read bass clef, and exercises?
Does anyone have any tips for switching from Sousaphone to Tuba? I’m looking to audition for DCI in 2021 and want to be physically prepared.
I’m a trombone player who plays sousa for marching/pep band and being as I have this indefinite quarantine period happening I might as well try and improve my sousaphone tone. Anyone have any recommendations (preferably something where I can find a score because I’m not a great arranger). Even a simple repetitive bassline would be fun. Thank you!
Excuse the fact that I’m primarily a trombone player and don’t know what I’m talking about, but I got an LM-12 recently but when I tried to put it in my sousaphone barely fit, so I removed a bit so it ended up in the neck which felt a little lose, I’m wondering if there are different sized bits and if anyone knows any recommendations that would fit the LM-12. I have no clue what kind I’m using right now because they’re several high school generations old and owned by the school. Thank you!
I know a lot of bands with silver instruments require polishing, is it possible/plausible to polish a golden sousaphone? My school has a lot of sousies that could definitely use some polishing if anyone has any recommendations.
I’ll post a photo of me with my big fella on Monday.
Bit of backstory: Hello! I'm a trombone player, with a goal of learning all instruments in the lower brass family. I've wanted to play sousaphone for the longest time but have mainly focused on trombone (aside from being swapped to drumline when necessary), our band and orchestra have actually started working together because they needed more instruments. And since we have no sousaphone players currently, they asked me and the other trombone player if one of us wanted to try out sousaphone. I immediately volunteered, but the thing is I'm actually quite small- not in height (5'4), but in weight (101lbs). Though, I'm extremely strong for being my size (I can carry around 160 pounds without much struggle) I don't have much body fat. So yesterday was my first day on sousaphone, and because of me being on the skinnier side, I got some pretty bad bruises.
To sum this all up, these are my questions:
The school gave me some sousaphone bits, but they are super stuck together. It hasnt been played for 30 years, so I am assuming the sousaphone bits have been stuck like this for awhile. Any tips on how to pull them apart?
Note:this happened a few moment ago so the story is still fresh in my mind as I let it sink in.One think you should know about me is that I'm friends with the girl neighbor, let's call her Amy. She had just recently moved to my school. Her 2 brothers, let's call them Jaylen and Haylen. Jaylen is the older one, and the one I'll be talking about. Jaylen is in 7-8th grade and In band,like me. I play the flute and he plays the Suasaphone. I'll try to link a photo in if I remember. He had a BAD habit of of playing at either 9:00 am or around 7:00 pm. I understand that he cannot play that instrument inside, as it is a large instrument, like a tuba. If my child played a loud instrument, he would definitely be playing outside. This morning at 9:00 am I was awoken to the him blasting his horn. My mother and I had done nothing previously as we didn't really care, and, couldn't do anything.In my frustration I peel down the stairs and open up my flute case. I go outside and blast the highest B fl... keep reading on reddit ➡
Hey sousaphriends (get it?),
A bunch of years ago, I bought myself a used Conn fiberglass sousaphone, from what I can tell it's 1970s era - it's kind of a Frankenstein's monster of sousaphone components that, I guess some brass repair guy cobbled together into a single usable sousaphone so it almost doesn't matter.
Anyway, whenever I play, my sousaphone always gets full of spit and it all drains out through the bottoms of the valves onto my shirts. I'm a gigging player and I do this for a living (low brass in general) and slowly but surely, the spit that comes out of valves are making me look like I lactate at the end of every show - this is especially embarrassing on wedding gigs and other big ticket gigs because I need to look good both on and off stage. I tried putting a towel there for a while but that ended up giving me some weird valve problems if I didn't soak the thing through.
A friend of mine just used my horn at a jam and told me that it's an extremely spitty sousap... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’ve been told German mouthpieces are made larger than American ones, so as someone with a German sized mouthpiece for sousaphone that did not really fit into the bits I had been using, what I’m wondering is if I would also need a different neck or anything else. If anyone has any German sized equipment they’d recommend it’d also be much appreciated, thank you! *If it matters, it’s an LM-12 mouthpiece which I didn’t even know came in German sizes
I’m currently a freshman marching trombone, and I’ve always had people saying I’d be good on tuba. I don’t wanna completely give up trombone, but I also kinda want to try something new. Anyone have any advice for sousaphone?
Every time I go to do research into buying a sousaphone I wind up finding a bunch of sketchy looking websites. I don't think I could afford a brand new one, and honestly something that has a bit of character (re: dents, dings, etc) seems more authentic to the horns I've gotten chances to play anyway. Anyone have any tips or tricks into this process?
Hey so I’m selling a Jupiter fiber glass sousaphone for around 1,500 I will negotiate it’s been refurbished pm me if your interested I’ll send some pics.
I hope you guys can help, my high school has crappy mouth pieces and i am planning on buying a new one this christmas.
I am looking for a wireless microphone I can use on my sousaphone for my gigs. I ran across the Samson AWX and I want to know what you guys think about it. Would it work? Would it pickup that deep bass sound?
Not Indian, I've heard that they are all terrible.
With a tuba glue
Hello again! I'm back to ask how a sneeze or rip is created. I am asking because curiosity has overcome me since I've watched this video.
I used to think it sounded like a kazoo, I still do but it grew on me :)
I really want to learn how to play like that because our Marching band only has 2 sousaphones and I'm usually the quieter one.
Im a sophomore in high school and I will be playing sousaphone next year. What are some tips that will help me to not be too overwhelmed with the weight?
I have been listening to Radiohead for about 20 years. For about 20 years I have enjoyed their work, singing along to (nice dream), among others. Today on a whim I decided to google ansaphone. It turns out it is not a musical instrument like a saxophone or sousaphone like I had thought all these years, but what I (in the U.S.) would have been called an answering machine back in the day. (I've never been to the U.K.) I feel kind of silly, and I can see "answer phone," and why that makes sense.
I wonder what other U.K.-specific words in their songs I've been missing. (I can figure out "No more washing spiders down the plughole" but just looked up exactly what ring road supermarket means, LOL.) Does Planet Telex mean the same as Planet Xerox, or does something change from Xerox to Telex? (Being in the U.S., I've never used the word Telex outside of Radiohead.)
So i recently switched from my flute to Sousaphone (not sure if i spelled it correctly), and when i picked it up it was heavy. I'm like 5'7 andi dont workout at all but i have some muscle to carry it and like 30 minutes in practice the Sousaphone my left shoulder started to hurt while the other person also playing the instrument says his doesn't. So is their any solutions to for the Sousaphone to not hurt?