The Wessex ‘Mighty Midget’ BBb travel tuba is styled on the tornister tuba (meaning backpack tuba) as used by the Austo-Hungarian military bands in the late 19th century/early 20th century – however the ‘Mighty Midget’ is improved with 4 valves which were not fitted in the original tornisters.
The original purpose of this type of tuba was to make a portable tuba for military bands in the days before motorised transport, and as such, although so small, it is designed to play like a true tuba and is suitable to play as bass with a brass, wind, or jazz band. This we have trialled ourselves and found to be the case with good feedback.
- Height of tuba: 20″ (52cm)
- Bell diameter: 24cm (9.5″)
- Bore: 15mm (0.59″)
- Weight of tuba: 5.2kg (11 lb 7oz)
- Case: Foambody suitable to protect tuba flying (in hold), 61 x 45 x 30cm, 5kg
- Travel tuba (small enough in a gig bag to fly as cabin luggage)
- Practice tuba, particularly for those that live in a flat/apartment with limited space
- Lightweight tuba for standing or marching gigs
- Children’s tuba, being of a size they can manage
- Tuba for anyone who has health issues handling full size tuba
- Easy to take on public transport, or even on your back travelling by bicycle
- Small ensemble playing where a full size tuba may overpower the musical texture
- The ideal present for the tuba player that has everything!