Height 54cm (21.5″)
Weight 3.25kg (7lb)
Bore: 13mm to 13.9mm (0.51″ to 0.55″)
Here is a very special tuba – probably the smallest real tuba in the world! Bubbie 5 is a super compact tuba ideal as travel tuba, practice tuba and fun tuba for any purpose. A completely new original design, this tuba replaces Wessex previous Bubbie Mk.1 which was discontinued in 2014.
Fitted with 5 rotary valves, by default the tuba plays in F with the 5th valve being a flat step to enable to play fully chromatically down to the lowest register.
Cleverly, by connecting 5th valve lever to other side of valve and fitting supplied one-step slide, the air goes through the 5th valve making the tuba play in Eb. Pulling out other valve slides for tuning, the tuba is now an Eb tuba with an ascending 5th valve to still enable to play fully chromatically to lowest register.
In either key the tuba has been developed to have good intonation throughout all registers.
Pictures are of prototype – production Bubbie 5 will be available August 2016. We are taking deposits now to be one of the first owners of one of these exciting new tuba.