Being a bass player and also a student, throughout the 3 1/2 years I have now spent in Sheffield I have become a bit of an expert with regards to the transportation of tubas via public transport. I thought I would share a few tips with you: Please note, I am assuming that you are playing a Sovereign sized instrument in a hard case. I would be very wary of taking a tuba in a soft case anywhere near public transport. 1. Don't use public transport if you can avoid it. It is a monumental pain in the posterior 2.Trams are good. Most tram systems in the UK are tuba friendly, that is, easy access and you can usually steal the pushchair/wheelchair spot. On some trams there are 2 of these so one's usually available. I've never tried taking a tuba on the Nottingham tram, but they're a bit tighter than the Sheffield Supertram I'm used to so might present problems. 3. Beware old buses. Many older double decker buses have a pole running floor to ceiling to divide the door. These are a pain to get your bass through. It will go, but with a lot effort. If buses are regular, wait for the next one. 4. Small local "Sprinter" type trains can usually accomodate your instrument in the cycle space, provided there are no bikes! 5. The even smaller local "Pacer" type trains are slightly better as you can fold up one of the bench seats by the door and put your tuba there. Unless of course someone is sitting there. 6. Avoid Virgin Trains. Virgin's s****y little trains are ridiculous. Firstly, the aisles are just that little bit too narrow for your bass. Secondly, their valuable luggage "compartment" is a small alcove at the rear of the train. This is in no way secure and is handily located adjacent to the "quiet coach", so unless you want to abandon your instrument for the journey, you must refrain from even breathing, lest you be scowled at. You can of course opt to stay with your instrument but the luggage compartment isn't air conditioned and is freezing! Also the chances are you'll arrive late. 7. GNER rock! Old style 125 or 225s are great. (Midland Mainline use them too). Only one of the "engines" actually works, the other is known as a "dummy car". There is nothing in the dummy car but a small "train office". If you knock on the door and ask nicely, you MAY be able to put your instrument in the "dummy car". There it will be safe from thieves and damage, although you must lay it down flat. I recommend going to pick up your instrument a good 20 mins before your station in case there is no-one in the office. Also, GNER/Mainline are NOT responsible in anyway for any damage that may occur. 8. Be willing to work your journey around the above advice. If travelling Sheffield - Newcastle, I will often get a local train to Doncaster so I can pick up a GNER train as opposed to the direct Virgin service. 9. Your bass will probably fit in the luggage rack of most standard sized buses. 10. Keep an eye on case and wheel wear and tear. People often comment on my slightly battered case, but then most bass player's cases only go from house - car - bandroom. Watch wheel wear especially. 11. It is possible to get 4 people, a tuba, a trombone and a clarinet in a standard london style black cab. 12. Leave extra journey time. 13. Don't go out in the snow. Bass case wheels hate snow. 14. Be prepared for daft looks. 15. Buy a car 16. Take up Sop 17. Oh yeah, TRUST NO-ONE. Try to avoid letting your instrument or luggage go out of sight. I will often go and "guard" my instrument at every station. 18. I really am desperate to avoid writing the essay I'm supposed to be doing!!................ 19. Eat 5 portions of vegetables a day. 20. If you have a satellite dish on your house which is no longer used, under Schedule 2, Class H, Pt 2 of the General Permitted Development Order, it should be removed. Mods: one for the library maybe?