These pictures were taken, to the best of my recollection, back in 1994 in the town of Mainz, Germany. A museum there had some instruments in their collection, including this rather unbelieveable example of "brass artistry" (a charitable description, at best). It was actually quite a versatile instrument, given the fact that it was pitched in several different keys all at once. It had zero center of pitch, and the sound was about what you'd expect from a garbage can with a hose and a mouthpiece attached. Apparently early German tuba makers used all manner of recreational pharmaceuticals to enhance their creative abilities at work.

Have you ever seen anything so big and dopey looking? And no, we're not talking about the tuba. For comparison, I'm about 6'4"


It can double as both an umbrella and a bird bath for your pet ostrich


This isn't any trick with the camera lense, it's really that big.