And now – the Fluba !


Yes, it’s a combination of flugelhorn and tuba, brainchild of respected LA musician, tuba player Jim Sell

Personally, I’d be very (very) scared, if this instrument suddenly appeared beside me, here’s a lovely sound sample.

I hear rumours that Herr Eppelsheim is now considering a sub-contrabass flute, possibly to be named the ‘flubax’..


Image courtesy of      Smiley from Darkside

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10 Responses to And now – the Fluba !

  1. ukebert says:

    i think if that appeared on the stand next to mine I’d run for the hills… not a bad sound though.

    So that’s what Eppelsheim’s working on is it? I wondered whether he’d try and market his sarrusaphone or ophecleide.

  2. Lewis Pelham says:

    Hmmm. All seems a little pointless to me. Why bother; there are many instruments which already make similar sounds….and they will always be buried in the bass section anyway.
    Sarrusaphone and Ophecleide surely make my point….what are they, and where are you likely to hear them? Their failure was guaranteed in that nobody could even spell them.
    Good to be a simple soul where sax, harp, guitar and electric bass cover all the sounds ever needed…the really good sounds.
    Not wishing to sound like the Royal Philharmonic or George Formby really has it’s advantages; & certainly simplifies life.

  3. ukebert says:

    As I’m sure you know, a sarrusaphone is a kind of narrow bore saxophone with a double reed and an ophecleide is a bass brass instrument with keys like a sax but a different fingering system.

    The latter I am to understand makes a lovely noise. I’m not so sure about the former.

  4. Lewis Pelham says:

    Honestly Owen I had no idea…thanks for the description.
    It is only by reading your postings that I am aware of even the existence of these instruments.
    Presumably they are now obsolete.

  5. alan says:

    And the comment about the ‘flubax’ was totally tongue-in-cheek… 🙂

  6. ukebert says:

    Really? I think it’s a testament to Eppelsheim’s, uh, quirkiness that i believed it 🙂

  7. alan says:

    There is one sub-contrabass flute that I know of, probably more. Made by a Dutchman – Jelle Hogenhuis.

    Made out of plastic (no, not drainpipe..)The body length is over five metres, is played vertically, sitting down – and with a ‘fipple’ that you just blow into – like a recorder or penny whistle. So no embouchure problems there !

    I’ll see if I can post a picture here, but check out

    Here’s a Sound Sample – sounds a bit like a bowed bass, with the played singing along…

    Click here for a bigger picture…

    This would have made a good topic 🙂

  8. Lewis Pelham says:

    I believe that the majority of instruments discussed by you and ukebert are figments of the imagination…OK perhaps for Folk Bands but not real music. 🙂

  9. ukebert says:

    Surely you’ve been on Lewis? 😉

  10. Lewis Pelham says:

    I am delighted, and proud, to say that I have not. 😉

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