School Band and Orchestra Specialists

 Brass Family

The baritone is made of roughly the same length of tubing as the trombone, but it is designed in the shape of a small tuba. As a result, it has the same range as a trombone but a somewhat mellower sound, and uses valves rather than a handslide.

The tuba is the largest member of the brass family, and has a deep, dark, powerful tone. It requires more air than any of the other brasses, and its massive tone is the foundation of the symphonic band sound.

   Here is a checklist of typical items you will need to get ready to play! Each item already checked is included - at no charge - with your rental or purchase from Schmidt's Music. You may also want to check with your music teacher for any additional items he or she suggests:
  • valve oil
  • tuning slide grease
  • a mouthpiece brush
  • a cleaning rod
  • a cleaning cloth
  • your band method book
  • a flexible cleaning brush ("snake")
  • a polish cloth
  • a music stand

Some things to remember:

  1. Please keep your baritone or tuba in its case when not in use.
  2. Please do not let anyone else play your instrument.
  3. Before you play, put a few drops of valve oil on each valve. Be sure to replace each valve in its proper casing, with the valve guide securely slotted in the groove on the inside of the casing.
  4. As necessary, lubricate your tuning slides with tuning slide grease. Don’t forget to move all of your slides in and out every day to keep them from sticking in place.
  5. Never “pop” your mouthpiece into the receiver with your hand. If it gets stuck, you will have to bring your instrument to the repair shop to have the mouthpiece safely removed.
  6. After you play, evacuate any collected moisture from inside the instrument by using your water key(s) and by pulling and emptying your slides.
  7. Clean your mouthpiece regularly with your mouthpiece brush, the leadpipe and tuning slides with your flexible cleaning brush (“snake” brush), and the valve casings with your valve casing brush. Rinse well with warm water.
  8. Remember, practice is an essential part of playing an instrument. Give it your best, and you will be amazed how rapidly you progress!

If you have any questions or difficulties, please see your teacher right away!

Baritones and tubas are usually provided by the school. However, a school may sometimes end up with more players than it has instruments, so if you need to obtain your own baritone click the link below. The tuba is too expensive to be offered on our Rent To Own program.

Learn how you can Rent To Own this instrument

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