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Re: Bell-Front Marching Tubas
I find that the Contra/Marching Tuba is good if you have more than 3 or 4 of them. Their sound is much more focused that that of a Sousa. I'm at a 1A, and we had one... Decided that I didn't want it and just bought a sousaphone. For my situation, it was the better choice. If you have a large band and know you'll have a lot of tubas, I would say give it a try.
Hope this helps!
Vince in the Band Hall
Have you used them? What are the advantages/disadvantages vs. Sousaphones?