This is the York “monster” EEb tuba. The designation EEb is used instead of Eb to denote a larger e-flat tuba, intended to be used in the range of the BBb tubas. This is perhaps the definitive version of a monster EEb, which is an e-flat tuba sized to replicate breadth of sound usually found in a BBb tuba.
The York EEb monster is well thought of even today, and was said to be the bell/body basis of the popular G50 Getzen CC tuba. This particular monster pre-dates the 1910 York patented hi/lo pitch “donut” slide, so this high pitch model makes due with a “W” tuning slide to achieve low pitch. The W shape was to allow for the extra required length, while still keeping the tuning slide out of your lap while playing.
Tag #: 00021
Serial #: 10264
|Bell Diameter||Bore Size||Height|
|18 3/4″||.656″||32 1/2″|
“Made By / J.W. York & Sons / Grand Rapids / Mich.” on bell. “W.B. Van Velsor” added to bell later. Some floral engraving around identification marks.