Death of a Bflat Bass

Discussion in 'The Rehearsal Room' started by Chris Lee, Jan 19, 2012.

  1. Chris Lee

    Chris Lee Member

    Recently seen 'sculpture'. I personally don't much like this sort of thing. What think you?

    Sculpture.jpg

    Chris Lee
    (Newbieish, EEflat Besson Sovereign)
     
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  3. Accidental

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    I actually think that's pretty cool.
    I've also seen old tubas used as planters and trombones/cornets/trumpets turned into lamps, and I liked them too (sorry!)
     
  4. tubafran

    tubafran Active Member

    Looks to be a fine use of an instrument that I cannot imagine anyone would wish to play seriously. Anyone care to say how old it might be? 100 years?
     
  5. katieeuph

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    Is that at the Eden Project? The 'sculptures' there are really cool. Better off being used artistically than in a skip, I suppose!
     
  6. Chris Lee

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    Yes Katie, it is indeed the Eden Project. How did you know that? And do you have any background information at all?

    Very Best, Chris
     
  7. tubafran

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    Not to mention euphoniums used as urinals :D - are local banders pub has a couple of trombones stuffed in the fireplace and some fibre-glass bodied timps used as planters
     
  8. Accidental

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    ...and the decor in De Trompet in Ypres :)
     
  9. Chris Lee

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    So where do old instruments go to die? I'm minded of 'Bob Sherunkles' humorous tMP post about the demise of the Ophecleide:

    'Thus spurned, it soon became defunct.
    To gross neglect succumbing.
    Some were pawned, but most were junked,
    Or used for indoor plumbing.'

    I supose being a sculpture is at least a better fate than that...

    Very Best, Chris
     
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  10. Accidental

    Accidental Supporting Member

    how about this one?
    Duet.jpg
     
  11. Chris Lee

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    Hard to beat that, Alex. Horrible aren't they?
    What's the story behind them?

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    No idea about a story, I just stumbled across the picture a few months ago and thought they were great.
     
  14. Will the Sec

    Will the Sec Active Member

    Oh, come on it's not like it is a real tuba, now is it? The valves are in the wrong place... *Coat!*
     
  15. brassneck

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    Nice surprise to find a picture of this scupture in Ashton-Under-Lyne ... see here
     
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  19. Paulst7

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    I was about to post the same scene - I guess thats why there aren't a great deal of bands in West London anymore!! (Fulham Brass and Yiewsley & West Drayton escaped the steam roller obviously). In all seriousness, I dont think there is much wrong with making art with brass. The instruments are undoubtably past playing standard without a tetnus jab and compensating for high pitch. I like it.
     
  20. Chris Lee

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    Hmm. Not sure about all this. I suppose it all helps to broaden public interest in the tools of our trade, but I still feel it's a bit brutal. There must be better ways of utilising old instruments. Are they really no good for beginners, training bands, trainee repairers and so on? What we need is a Brass Instrument Preservation Society (BIPS) to provide care homes for old instruments....

    Very Best, Chris
     
  21. pbirch

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    modern learners (and their parents) require better looking instruments these days, maybe even brand new ones. I certainly learned on some very old instruments that would not be acceptable these days. That is not to say that some older instruments are of very good quality, but that is how it is these days. One comment I would make is that there is an awful lot of silver on those old instruments that might have been salvaged to great economic effect.
     
  22. Chris Lee

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    Very true I guess, but there are people around who are interested in having/playing old instruments. I wasn't altogether joking about care homes. Specifically, I feel that before we donate instruments to Cornelian and the like for mutilation, we should at least offer them free of charge on tMP, in case anybody out there would be prepared to make more beneficial use of them than simply squashing them flat for art.

    Very Best, Chris
     

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