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Viscount Bells (from Emil Richards Collection).jpg
Viscount Bells, a type of tubaphone
Classification Percussion instrument (Idiophone)
Inventor(s) J.C. Deagan Company
Related instruments
Viscount Bells, Tube Bells
J.C. Deagan Company

A tubaphone (or tubuphone)[1] is a type of metallophone constructed from a series of metal tubes arranged in a keyboard configuration. [2] The tubes are similar in length to that of a xylophone, and sound vaguely like a Glockenspiel.[3]

A Tu-ba-Phone', or Tubaphone, is also a model of banjo that was made by the Vega company, and the tone ring design used in it. Modern makers continue to use tubaphone tone rings, among other tone ring designs.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ John H. Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. 
  2. ^ Thomas D. Rossig. Science of Percussion Instruments. 
  3. ^ Karl Peinkofer and Fritz Tannigel, Handbook of Percussion Instruments, (Mainz, Germany: Schott, 1976), 71