The Music Museum

The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, Calif., contains rare and vintage instruments.

Sousaphone, Music Museum, Carlsbad, Calif., image

The sousaphone fits around the body of a musician and rests on the left shoulder.


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Composer John Philip Sousa gave us 135 military marches and a twist on the orchestral tuba. The sousaphone has a rotating bell that makes for easier playing while marching. See a 1918 sousaphone and some 450 other rare or vintage instruments at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, Calif. (877) 551-9976,

Photography by David Zaitz

This article was first published in November 2004. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.

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