The Eb contra is also going to add bottom, but can read bari sax parts or transpose tuba parts into treble clef. That can have its own advantages there to make it easier to cover missing tuba skills.
We have 2 old contra-altos, but no Bbs at my school. I think if I was going to purchase I would do Bbs myself. They're so pricey though that I don't see us making that purchase anytime soon for our program!
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