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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

Address:
1825 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC
Directions:
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.
Hours:
Tu, Th 3-6, appt. at least 24 hrs in advance. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
919-402-0864
Admission:
Donation
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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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