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Double bass
A double bass 4.26m long and weighing 590kg was built by Arthur K. Ferris of Ironia, New Jersey, USA in 1924.
The University of Texas Longhorn Band has a drum nicknamed Big Bertha which is 7.6m in circumference.
musical instrumentsA giant version of a Gibson guitar 11.63m long was made in 1991 by students at Shakamak High School, Jasonville, Indiana, USA. Large stringed instruments that are bigger than the span of human bands are difficult or even impossible to play.
The world's loudest instrument is the Auditorium Organ in Atlantic City, USA. It was built in 1930 at a cost of $500,000 has more than 32,000 pipes and is powered by a 365 horsepower blower.
The second-largest organ is the pipe organ built in 1911 in the Wanamaker Department Store, Philadelphia, USA.
The world's largest cathedral organ was built in St Stephen's Cathedral, Passau, Germany in 1028. It has 17,774 pipes.
In 1935 in  London Charles H. Challen built a piano which is probably the largest in the world. It weighs 1.25 tonnes and is 3.55m long.
One of the lightest pianos ever made was a baby grand weighing just 180kg. It was made mostly of aluminium covered in yellow pigskin. It was constructed by the Bluthner company of Germany for the airship Hindenburg, and was destroyed when the airship exploded in1937.
In 1896 John Philip Sousa, who is the American inventor of the sousaphone, played a 2.28m tuba on a world tour. This is the largest brass instrument ever made and had 11.8m of tubing.

Large orchestras:

  •  In 1872 Austrian composer Johann Strauss conducted an orchestra of 987 (including 400 first violinists) and a choir of 20,000. The performance was in Boston (USA).
  •  In 1958, the Norwegian National Meeting of school Bands assembled 12,600 players at Trondheim, Norway.
  •  A total of 6,452 musicians from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and Canadian music students played together in Vancouver, Canada on 15 May 2000.
  •  An ensemble of 1,013 cellists played on 29 November 1988 in Kobe, Japan.
  •  On 14 July 1999 Piers Adams conducted 710 recorder players performing "Roaring Rag" by  Beverley Wragg at Cressing Temple Barn, Essex, UK.


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