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Sousaphones and Small Shoulders
Posted by Corvid on 6/13/2018, 2:21 pm
We've got some eighth grade kids coming up to high school marching band to buff up our tuba sound in relation to the rest of the ensemble. However, they're pretty small right now. I'm confident that they'll grow over the next few years, but I'm attempting to figure out a solution for the fact that their shoulders are especially narrow. My first thought was to look into having one of our other teachers 3D print a kind of pauldron for their shoulders that would have an upward-facing slope. I figure that would stop the instrument from slipping off their shoulders and keep it on. We're already looking at some slightly modified instruments to make the horn lighter, but I don't see a viable solution to make that part of the tubing smaller while still being economically-minded. Would anyone have any input on this issue? All for some new angles on the situation.