Presenting "Old #1 King" — (left to right) William Becker, Gary Bird, Jim Self, and Daniel DiCicco
You're here but you're not sure why. Maybe it's because you just love
hardware, you're into trivia about low brass and other instruments,
-- maybe you're just lost. Anyway you have found my list of instruments.
This rather extensive list of equipment gets played every day (ha!).
Actually tubists tend to be collectors and I have a substantial
collection of tubas and other instruments.
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sample clips can be heard from Jim's albums.
- Yamaha CC Tuba 826 "Monica" (pictured at right), 6/4 prototype, silver, 4 piston
valves-1 rotary. Precise copy of the better of Arnold Jacobs'
- FLUBA "Peg", custom F tuba size flugelhorn made by Robb Stewart.
- Selfone, 4 pistons, baby sousaphone in F
- Yamaha CC Tuba 822, silver, 4 piston valves-1 rotary, custom tuner
- Hirsbruner CC Tuba 2HP, silver, 4 piston valves-1 rotary
Yamaha CC 826S, "Monica"
Selfone, Baby F Sousaphone
Jim and his FLUBA through a Sousaphone
|Custom built double (CC/F) Tuba|
- Double Tuba (CC/F) custom built by Robb Stewart (pictured at right).
- York original 4/4 CC Tuba (pictured below left), (1938), brass,
4 piston valves-2 added rotary valves (one by Larry Minick) — restored by Lee Stofer.
- Mirafone CC Tuba 188, lacquer, 5 rotary valves
- Mirafone CC Tuba 185, lacquer, 5 rotary valves
- Sanders original CC Tuba (c. 1922), brass, 4 rotary valves
- Yamaha F Tuba 822 S (New Model), 4 piston valves-1 rotary
- Yamaha F Tuba 822 S (First Model), 4 piston valves-1 rotary, custom tuner
|Backside of F Tuba with Second
(Alto Horn) Bell|
- Yamaha F Tuba 621 S (pictured at right with second bell), 4 piston
valves-1 rotary (also a second bell that goes into the 4th slide makes this
a double-bell tuba).
- Yamaha Eb Tuba, silver, 4 upright piston valves
- Diston Eb Tuba (pictured right), silver (c. 1896), 3 upright piston valves
- Keefer BBb Sousaphone (pictured 2nd row left), silver (c.1916), 3 piston valves
- King BBb (pictured top right and 2nd row right), recording tuba, 3 piston valves (c. 1950) "Old #1"
This instrument was recently given to me by the music school at Indiana
University of Pennsylvania. Old #1 was the instrument that I played all
through college and even won my audition for the U. S. Army Band on it. In
2003 I was back at IUP to receive a Distinguished Alumni Award and was
surprised when the IUP tuba professor, Gary Bird, my former tuba teacher,
William Becker and my band director, Dan DiCicco made the surprise
presentation (see top-right picture — making the presentation (left to right)
William Becker, Gary Bird, Me, and Daniel DiCicco). When I got it back in L.A. I had Don Sawday do some minor
repairs and re-lacquer job. It plays very well and is a prize possession.
Custom tuners by Robb Stewart in Los Angeles.
On all my tubas I use a new Yamaha Jim Self signature model made
by Hiroaki Imaoka mouthpiece -- which is like a Miraphone C-4 rim
with a deeper cup. This mouthpiece was originally designed by Norm Pearson.
Keefer BBb Sousaphone, silver (c. 1916)
King BBb recording Tuba - Old #1 (c. 1950)
I use both large and small Humes and Berg tuba straight mutes. Tommy
Johnson and I share Humes and Berg bucket and cup mutes -- but I dislike all
|Custom Yamaha F Jimbasso|
- Yamaha F Cimbasso (pictured at right), brass. Made from Yamaha
621 F tuba parts by Keiji Sone. Shaped like a large euphonium with
trombone like bell. Sometimes called the Tubasso or Jimbasso. (One
of a kind). (I use a special Yamaha F Tuba mouthpiece on this cimbasso).
- BBb Cimbasso (pictured below right),
brass, 3 piston valves and an FF attachment.
Made from Mirafone contra-bass trombone, King sousaphone and Conn parts by Larry
Minick. L-Shaped, over-the-shoulder. (I use a Bert Herrick mouthpiece on
- Kalison F Cimbasso (pictured below left),
silver, 4 pistons, 1 rotor, large bore.
|Kalison Silver F Cimbasso||
|Low Brass Section, Los Angeles
Opera Orchestra. |
Jim Self, Bill Booth, Terry Cravens,
Al Veeh, with Placido Domingo (center)
- Yamaha Bb Euphonium 321, lacquer, 4 upright piston valves with a special
tuner by Bob Pallansch. (On Euphonium I use a Mirafone Jim Self model mouthpiece
which is like a my standard tuba rim and a Bach 6 1/2 AL Euphonium cup.)
- Mirafone BBb Contra-bass Trombone, lacquer, (c.1950's). Assembled
by Larry Minick with added rotary FF attachment by Bob Pallansch.
- Conn 62H Bass Trombone, red brass, slide and 2 rotors F&D, (I also
have a special valve section made by Larry Minick.)
- Minick Super Bass Trombone (pictured below),
brass, slide, 3 piston valves and an F attachment. (One of a kind.)
On Bass Trombone I use a special Marcinkiewicz mouthpiece which is like
my standard tuba rim and a Bach 1 1/2 G Bass Trombone cup.
- Fender Precision Electric Bass (1964) (pictured at right).
It has soul: it was once owned by Ike and Tina Turner's bass player.
- Washburn Vulture II Fretless Electric Bass (pictured below center)
- Kay Jazz String Bass
- Steiner EVI (Electronic Valve Instrument) (pictured below),
midi wind synthesizer.
- Guitars: Conn Classical, Yamaha Flat Top, Fender Telecaster (copy)
- Pianos: Yamaha C7, 7'4" Grand; Yamaha YPP50 Digital Piano
- Drums: Ludwig, Camco, Zildjian set
|Electronic Valve Instrument||
|Washburn Fretless Electric Bass|
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