How Does a Tuba Get Its Tone?



  • Brass mouthpieces create a strong, brassy tone, while silver mouthpieces create more mellow, soft tones.
  • Steel mouthpieces emit stronger tones, and gold mouthpieces create soft, supple tones.
  • Plastic mouthpieces provide a thinner sound, but they provide an option for extreme temperatures when playing outdoors. Nobody wants a tuba stuck to their face in the bitter cold. Plastic mouthpieces provide a useful purpose, but performers avoid them unless needed.





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