This is a serious problem for a performer, and is caused by the various ways that nervousness affects your body.
I will post 2 messages that appeared on the old TUBA Discussion mailing list. However, first I would also suggest the obvious: that you must drink a lot of water before the performance. I usually prepare 1/2 to 1 hour ahead of performance time by taking sips of water every few minutes. You need to build up a supply that your body can call on when you need it.
They were made to give the euphonium more versatility, so you could better match the trombones, horns, etc. or to give a lighter sound when playing with bassoons, etc. Soloists use(d) the extra bell for special effects, such as echoes.
The last valve on the horn (either 4 or 5) was used to switch the sound from one bell to the other -- both could not play at the same time. On better horns, the playing qualities were pretty good with the large bell, and not bad with the small
Originally posted on the TUBA Discussion List several years ago:
Boosey, Besson, and Hawkes merged under the same umbrella with Boosey & Hawkes as the company name.
When I entered the world of brass in 1960 there were still 2 set of brand names:
B&H had Imperial engraved on their top line (stamped Class A) and Regent engraved on their second line (stamped Class B).
Besson had New Standard engraved on their
A new link was added to the links area (go to dwerden.com/links and select Music General --> Resources). The site is called Find a Song and it lets you enter notes from a song on a graphic piano keyboard or by entering sequence codes. You can even whistle the tune if you have a computer microphone.
I have just added a valuable new link to the Euphonium Resources page. It enables you to download a free set of recordings /booklet that help you develop a good ear for intonation. Follow the link and scroll down to the Online / WEB Resources section. (Thanks to Tom Ball for offering this resource)
The full address is: