When you think of the goofiest instrument known to man, you most likely think of the tuba. It’s just so large and whimsical. Plus the sound of a tuba is just plain hilarious. You would never think that anything bad could happen around a tuba, but you are completely wrong. There is apparently a tuba crime wave happening, with the giant brass instrument being swiped more and more often.
In recent years, the tuba has been the focus of several crime sprees. In 2012, Los Angeles had a wave of tuba-based crimes, with several high schools reporting that their tubas had gone missing. Music teachers suspected it could be because of the popularization of a Mexican style of music known as “banda,” which heavily features the tuba.
Another theory is that tubas are some of the most expensive instruments that money can buy. Beginner models cost around $2,000, and they can climb up to be around $20,000. You can see why they are valuable commodities, whether you just want to play, or if you want to sell them on the tuba black market.
It might be harder to sell tubas, however, according to music store owner Dave Strong. Strong had a man try and sell him a tuba, and grew suspicious when the seller seemed to know nothing about the instrument. That’s when he called the authorities. Police Chief Lee Vague of Woodbury, Minnesota, came in to inspect the situation.
“Musical instruments are certainly stolen from time to time,” said Vague, but “they are not giant marching tubas.”
While more tubas are being stolen than ever, it’s relatively easy to spot who isn’t a real tuba owner or player. So be vigilant and be on the lookout for rogue tuba “owners.” Their intentions are not as pure as those of most tuba players and owners, that much is true.