KSL TV – Contrabass Instruments Turn Heads, Help Musicians ‘Feel’ Tunes

by Peter Rosen

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — What’s eight feet tall, sounds like a foghorn and is so big Roland Tso has to cart it around in two heavy metal cases? A flute. No joke.

It’s a double contrabass flute. Tso, an architect and flutist, drove the instrument, one of four in the world, from his home in California to the National Flute Association Convention in Salt Lake City last August.

It’s one of the more head-turning examples of contrabass instruments, the largest and deepest of musical instruments, favored by musicians whose ears are tuned to the lower end of the scale.

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