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The tuba used by brass bands, orchestras and military bands has three family members. The Bb tenor tuba is the euphonium that plays such a major role in brass and wind bands but a very limited role in orchestral work. Orchestral bass tubas appear in four categories: F, Eb, C and Bb. Depending on geographical location, musical culture and demands of the repertoire either one of these bass tubas may be used. The F tuba is popular in France, the Eb in Britain, the C in North America and the Bb in parts of Europe. also there are EEb bass and BBb Tubas that have the same pitch as the corresponding Eb and Bb. The extreme depths achieved by these instruments pose problems of tuning. As more valves become engaged so there becomes a tendency to fall out of tune. This problem was first addressed by adding tuning slides that were adjusted by the left hand. This method, though successful, was clumsy and it was David Blaikley in 1874 that introduced a compensating system that efficiently solved the problem. This system automatically brought into play the required additional length of tubing when certain combinations of keys were depressed.
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