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Replacement vs. addition[edit]

I have an article-length history of the ophicleide that I wrote in grad school. I could it contribute here, but it wouldn't really look like a revision of the existing article. Does anyone have feelings about replacing vs. editing? I'd rather not put it in if someone is just going to revert it right back. . . . —Preceding unsigned comment added by Srhanna (talkcontribs) 04:58, 1 November 2007 (UTC)

The ideal scenario would be for no significant information that is currently in the article to be lost as a result of your addition. If that's possible, I think it would be great. Esn (talk) 18:45, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Ophicleide in Fiction[edit]

Excellent Page. I was directed here after reading about the Ophicleide in Theodore Sturgeon's short story "And Now the News..." (1956).

He describes a "twelve-keyed 1824 fifty-inch obsolete brass ophicleide" gathing dust in a country store. "The store keeper explained how his Great-Grandfather had brought it over from the old country and nobody had played it for two generations excet an itinerent tuba player who had turned pale green on the first three notes and put it down as it if were full of percussion caps."

The sound is later described as "like no music currently heard on this or any other planet".

Obviously, Ophicleide players have to have a good sense of humor.

Joe Patent (talk) 16:52, 5 February 2009 (UTC)


The Picture does not fit the description or diagram of the instrument. Could the picture be that of an early Euphonium? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:19, 20 August 2009 (UTC)

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The article describes multiple sizes of instrument, from soprano to contrabass. A range is given in the inset box, but no information as to which size of ophicleide this range applies to. Surely not all the instruments have the same sounding range? Clarification needed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:42, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

Wrong end of the century.[edit]

Brian "Cabbage" Holmes is not an "early twentieth century musician". He was born sometime around 1950. Gambaguru (talk) 09:03, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Nor does the article say he is/was. It says that the frustration of musicians in the early twentieth century led to doggerel such as the one cited. It could be worded more clearly, I suppose.—Jerome Kohl (talk) 18:48, 15 May 2017 (UTC)