History Of Tuba

History Of Tuba

History of Tuba
The Tuba comes from a long tradition of trumpet-like instruments that were used for signaling and military ceremonies. It is a lip-vibrated wind instrument that is the largest member of the brass family and its main origin came from its direct ancestor, the serpent. A serpent is a large wooden tube covered with black leather in a shape of snake, containing six finger holes so that one could cover and uncover them to produce a variety of sounds.
While the brass instruments remained valveless until 1814, a type of keyed bugle named ophicleide, was used. Ophicleide was a brass wind musical instrument of relatively wide conical bore, that was invented in 1817 by Jean-Hilaire Aste of Paris. With the intention to make instruments fully chromatic, Heinrich Stoelzel, a member of the band of the Prince of Pless, invented a valve which he applied to the horn by July of 1814. This device enabled the player, in all simplicity, to produce all notes from the lowest to the highest with the same strength, fullness, and purity, the majority of which were hitherto only obtainable by stopping the hand into the bell, which produced a dull and unclear sound.
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