Bassically, it's a series of tubas
March 19, 2008 1:21 PM Subscribe
The Travelers Club International Restaurant and Tuba Museum
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, Okemos, Michigan. Sixty-plus tubas, euphonia, helicons, sousaphones, ophicleide, and other brass monstronsities, accompany a menu of international cuisine -- uh an' cookin'.
Built as a hardware store in 1950, later Miller's Ice Cream Parlor, then in 1982, the Traveler's Club. Offering (fairly authentic regional) monthly specials
from a different part of the world each (more or less) month; buffalo (bison) burger and the health benefits
thereof; brews from around the world
; formerly featuring occasional live music, but no more
"except for originals or public domain. . . due to harrassment from ASCAP, BMI, and SESAC."
And of course, the Tuba Museum
, including the only known example of a double E flat helicon (inscribed "The Majestic Monster"). Made in Austria circa 1915 and imported by the Malecki Co. of Chicago, the Monster's triple loop tubing is nineteen feet long, weighs over 40 pounds, and has a huge 28" diameter bell.
You might be disappointed by the photos on the tuba museum website, since it's not specifically set up for online tuba appreciation and/or adoration. So here's an online tuba museum
with quality photos of some unusual brass instruments. WARNING! Large photos and sometimes inadequate or absent thumbnails. And if you happen to be obsessed with the ophicleide, so is this guy