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…and then the band…


The Morris dancers were dancing to this snappy quartet. I have to assume the tuba is not generally a part of English folk music.

Is that a tuba? Or is it one of the odd ones, like a ‘baritone horn’ or something? My dad played a mystery horn of about that size toward the end of his life. He was very deaf. Said it helped him with his breath. Ye gods, was that fun to be around.

Short shrift again tonight. I’ve been cleaning closets. This is a bit of a lie, as they don’t have closets here.

They don’t have closets here. Let that sink in a moment.

But we have several funny little dead-end alcoves where shit gets stuffed haphazardly, waiting for the inevitable shit avalanche. It is now sorted into varieties of shit and stacked in neat boxes.


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 25, 2017, 9:56 pm

It may be a Euphonium:

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 25, 2017, 9:57 pm

Euphonium and tuba, compared in size… Tuba to viewer’s right:

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 25, 2017, 10:01 pm

A youtube comparing “baritone” vs “euphonium,” with a nice Empire accent of some sort, maybe Oz.

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 25, 2017, 10:03 pm

… aaannnddd just for fun, The Alto Horn:

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: October 25, 2017, 10:05 pm

Shape of the bell on that horn kinda looks like a Sousaphone – but, since (in general) the Sousaphone is actually a variety of tuba, my supposition, based on size, would be that that’s a baritone…’tain’t no French horn, that’s fer sure, or the dude honkin’ it would have his off-hand stuffed inside the bell, and said bell would be aimed more-or-less straight to the side, most likely to his right – plus, Frenchies’re round-looped, not oval-looped like that’un.

Dunno just what to say about the rest – that babe squeezing the concertina has an “interesting” hat, though…best of the lot, for my money, including the guy puffin’ on the penny-whistle…

You guys DO see some intriguing sights, do you not?

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: October 25, 2017, 10:06 pm

I would have done all these in one comment but didn’t want to end up in the spam filter… so, more than you wanted to know about low brass, except:
The University of Texas Tuba/Euphonium Studio

Comment from Surly Ermine
Time: October 25, 2017, 10:50 pm

I can sympathize. We have two tiny closets in our old Amish lean-to and no basement. Shit. Piled. Everywhere.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 26, 2017, 12:44 am

Penny whistle, squeeze box, accordion…and tuba.

Can they play “round the house and mind the sauerkraut?”

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: October 26, 2017, 11:42 am

They don’t have closets here. Let that sink in a moment.

Interesting. I live in a neighborhood (in the States) of old, mostly well-preserved Victorian and Edwardian houses, and many of them have too few closets. I guess armoires and wardrobes and suchlike were all the rage back then.

But I didn’t know that this was a general condition on your side of the pond….

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: October 26, 2017, 12:09 pm

Older houses in Da Swamp, French Quarter and up through the late 1800s, rarely had closets. The reason? In local law then, closets were considered *rooms*, and your property tax was based on how many rooms your place had. So locals did without closets and put armoires and storage chests everywhere.

Another fun fact: There are houses here called “camelbacks,” because they are one story at the street and rise to two stories behind the front room. The reason, again, was taxes. A house with two or more stories *at the street* was taxed more than a one-story. So builders got around it by constructing houses with one story at the sidewalk, thus with a lower tax rate, but with another floor farther back.

They’re desirable places now, if you like old damp piles that are hard to air-condition and heat.

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: October 26, 2017, 12:37 pm

I have enough storage space, but Husband plans to retire next spring and wants us to downsize severely. There will be fireworks as we decide what to keep and what to cull.

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: October 26, 2017, 2:47 pm

With no basements to speak of hereabouts – the (allegedly 2 car) garage is a giant closet.

Even Fibber McGee would hesitate before opening the door from the house to the garage.

(Oh, look! an archeological dating methodology!)

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: October 26, 2017, 4:17 pm

“Ye gods, was that fun to be around.”

A Touching Story of George Washington’s Boyhood
by Mark Twain

Comment from Nina
Time: October 26, 2017, 4:54 pm

I’ve closets in the bedrooms, but nowhere else in the house. I’ve ikea shelves everywhere!

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: October 26, 2017, 8:43 pm

We lived in Germany for 6+ years. They, like you it seems, do not have closets. They have sachranks. But a good one is not cheap and in my kitchen I tend to prefer cabinets. I wept for a walk in closet! Or any closet for that matter.

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