Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Cantonian, Sep 20, 2003.

  1. Cantonian

    Cantonian Active Member

    Why do some people say that they play EEb or BBb bass? If it is because they are in a lower octave then a Soprano cornet would be a EEb Soprano Cornet.
  2. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    As I understand it, the distinction goes back to former days, when some basses were relatively narrow bore, and the wider bore instruments were designated EEb and BBb to distinguish them - it just seems to have stuck!
  3. Big Fella

    Big Fella Member

    I once had it explained to me, by somebody who should know, here goes..

    The only difference, between a Eb / Bb, and a EEb / BBb, is that the latter has a compensating system.
    Not sure how true, but it sounds feasible to me..
  4. geordiecolin

    geordiecolin Active Member

    Thats what I've always been led to believe as well.
  5. Highams

    Highams Member

    Yes, it's a term adopted by brass bands when words like 'profundo' & 'bombardon' went out of fasion.
    Little student models and early non-compensating instruments were also listed in catalogues as single models.
    Prior to the large bore coming in, it was also possible get instruments with extra large bells as well.
  6. Cornishwomble

    Cornishwomble Active Member

    Oh wouldn't banding be so much more fun if we kept names like that!

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