Interview with Daihei Kurashina for the
Japanese music magazine PIPERS.
Q Who designed the instrument and what kind of parts did he used?
|FLUBA Valve View|
A It was my idea to have a tuba-sized flugel horn. Robb Stewart
designed it and made it from parts. The valve section and "guts" are
from a Yamaha Eb "compensating" tuba. Robb cut the slides for an F
instrument. He used a small F tuba bell about the size of a Yamaha 621
and made the other branches. The design is like a huge antique flugel
horn. It has some beautiful bends and bows and little personal
touches--they show that Robb is a great artist and instrument maker.
|FLUBA Logo (click for an enlargement).
Q What is characteristic of this
instrument? How do you think the FLUBA sound compares with
tuba or contrabass trumpet?
A Imagine the sound of a great big
flugel horn. It is kind of between the sound of an F tuba
and a Cimbasso. The sound is directionally forward and it
has a very mellow sound. It is a little brighter than a
tuba and a little darker than a conta-bass trumpet. I also
find it very flexable and, when I play it, I seem to think
Q Do you think any one has this instrument?
A There have been many experimental
tuba sized trumpets and such made over the last 150 years
but this is really a unique and beautiful instrument.
Q Have you ever used this instrument
at work? If yes, was it studio work or solo?
|Jim Making Music|
A I just got it a few weeks ago but
have used it on one "dance" job and am using on a jazz
CD that I am producing for Jesse Wills, a wonderful
singer. I also used it on a fusion jazz CD for Jerry
Grant. Who knows what opportunities I will have to use
it? I will certainly use it on my own jazz concerts and
maybe some film composers will find ways to use it--probably
in a solo fashion. I also hope to compose music for it.
Q How did your friends respond
to the instrument?
A So far everyone is very impressed
with it--it looks and sounds very cool.
Q You have a lot of instruments,
do you have any other interesting instruments?
A I have a
Super Bass Trombone
(slide and valves) made by Larry Minick, a
double bell F tuba
made by Robb Stewart, a
Cimbasso in F
(tuba shaped) made by Keije Sone and a
BBb Cimbasso made by Larry
Minick. There is info on them on my instruments page.
|FLUBA Back View|
Q Do you want to make other
A I don't know. At the moment I
am enjoying my FLUBA and learning to play it. However,
I seem to always be thinking of new things and instruments.
Please notice the rod that holds up the FLUBA. It was
my idea to make it easy to sit or stand. It is a camera
"monopod" that Robb adapted to the instrument. Because
of it I've decided to name my FLUBA — PEG.
"............... The craftmanship is awesome and the instrument plays
beautifully. I am amazed by the concept and the product. It is highly
recommended. I would love to sneak it into the orchestra for Bydlo the
next time it comes up. A FLUBA is not a tuba with inFluenza!"
--Sumner Erickson, Principal Tubist in the Pittsburgh Symphony. He
attended a jazz concert with Jim on the FLUBA and later
played it in his (very unique) home.
Jim on his deck with his unique Tuba Window into the Music Room
Jim playing bass trombone in a concert with the Roger Neumann Rather Large Band with my Fluba in the background and the late, great Stacy Rowles on Flugel Horn.
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