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The tubax is a modified saxophone developed in 1999 by the German instrument maker Benedikt Eppelsheim. It is available in both E-flat contrabass and B-flat or C subcontrabass sizes. It is a portmanteau between the words "tuba" and "sax."

Although the tubax has the same fingering as a regular saxophone, it has a much narrower (though still conical) bore, somewhat like that of a sarrusophone, though not as narrow, so there is some controversy over whether it is technically a true saxophone. The first size of tubax to be developed was the E-flat contrabass. It has the same register as a regular contrabass saxophone but is much more compact and thus more manageable due to its tubing being folded more times. It takes a baritone saxophone mouthpiece.

More recently, Eppelsheim also began making a subcontrabass tubax in CC and BB♭. The BB♭ instrument is equivalent in register to the subcontrabass saxophone proposed by Adolphe Sax but never created. The BB♭ tubax uses a baritone saxophone mouthpiece. Only one CC tubax has been manufactured. It was sold to Thomas Mejer of Switzerland in July 2002.

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