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Roman tuba

The Roman tuba is an ancient musical instrument, different from the modern tuba. Tuba (from tubus, Latin for tube) was produced around 500 BC, and like the Cornu (a similar instrument), was used as a military signal trumpet. The origin is Etruscan and has many similarities with the Greek salpinx. It was a straight instrument, usually of bronze, about four feet long, and played with a detachable bone mouthpiece. This instrument, although disputed, could be the ancestor, and the source of the name for the modern tuba.

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