Help identify instrument from Hateful Eight


In the movie Hateful Eight by Quentin Tarantino there is a recurring theme played by a low-sounding brass instrument. You can hear it in this piece.

Is this a kind of tuba or horn?

Tomasz Pluskiewicz

Posted 2016-01-18T11:30:18.820

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I'm tempted to say contrabassoon, as the instrument playing the seriously low D starting in the 2nd bar. For the rest of that phrase, I'd be hard-pressed to distinguish whether it was bassoon or contra-

The later section starting 0.46, I'd definitely go for contra- with what may be tuba above it.

I found this quote from Morricone, reported by the BBC

The main instruments introducing this piece are the bassoon, the contra-bassoon and the tuba,


Posted 2016-01-18T11:30:18.820

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1That's a contrabassoon, for certain! As my sister would like to say: they have two dynamics, on and off, and sound kind of like a chainsaw. – cjm – 2016-01-31T05:44:02.113


I agree w/Tetsujin and Carl Witthoft - I can pretty clearly hear the contra- playing, then repeating in unison with the tuba. Also, this type of ridiculous answer should entitle me to upvotes much as Carl's had no authoritative basis.

Jason P Sallinger

Posted 2016-01-18T11:30:18.820

Reputation: 812

3I agree, I don't understand how he got 4 by just copying someone's answer. Plagiarism isn't forbidden unfortunately. – Bebs – 2020-02-18T22:05:55.400

It would be more productive to flag the offending answer as NAA, or using a custom mod flag, though. (I have just now done so.) – Brahadeesh – 2020-02-19T03:04:13.180

@Brahadeesh, from my experience, you don't custom flag for plagiarism when it's the same answer:

– Bebs – 2020-02-19T10:51:50.440

@Bebs That is...weird, to say the least. But even if not for plagiarism, the NAA flag is reasonable in this scenario, I believe, since it works better as a comment under the question or the accepted answer. – Brahadeesh – 2020-02-19T19:55:51.563