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Durham, North Carolina: Tuba Museum

Small house crammed with over 300 tubas, sousaphones, euphoniums, etc. The personal collection of the Simonetti family, who used to operate it as a tuba store to the confusion of other local businesses. Opened Feb. 2016.

The Vincent and Ethel Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection

1825 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC
The Vincent and Ethel Simonetti Historic Tuba Collection. West of downtown. On the northbound side of Chapel Hill Rd, in a little yellow house, just north of its intersection with Dean St.
Tu, Th 3-6, appt. at least 24 hrs in advance. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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The Tuba Mecca. As a second generation tuba player this was a must-see. Vincent Simonetti is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide, and every tuba tells a story. This in-depth 90-minute tour was perfect for me, but may be too intense for non-band geeks. The 300+ instruments showcase every size and variation in the tuba family, beginning with a vintage 1830 Serpent. The collection is an outgrowth of Vincent's years as a professional tuba player with the North Carolina Symphony, and as former proprietor of the Tuba Exchange business.

The V & E Simonetti Collection is open for viewing to the public by appointment only (at least 24 hrs in advance), every Tuesday and Thursday 3pm -6pm.

[Our Nomadic View, 02/10/2023]

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