My main instrument I use for symphony playing is a prototype large CC Tuba I named “Monica.” It is a copy of the famous tuba that Arnold Jacobs of the Chicago Symphony played.
Jim Self is a Los Angeles-based freelance musician. Since l974 he has worked for all the major Hollywood studios performing for over 1,500 motion pictures and hundreds of television shows and records.
He holds principal tuba positions with the Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Symphony, and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and is principal tuba/cimbasso in the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra which won a Grammy for Kurt Weill’s Mahagonney.
His solos in major films include John Williams’ scores to Jurassic Park, Home Alone and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Hook, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Besides his work as a tubist, Jim maintains an active doubling career performing on bass trombone, cimbasso, contra-bass trombone, and (rarely now) string and electric basses and the Steiner EVI (electronic valve instrument). His latest new instrument is the FLUBA – an original design (picture a tuba-sized flugel horn). It is very unique and is a great solo instrument.
His hobby is flying his 1973 Piper Arrow for fun, and sometimes to gigs.