How is a 5th valve used?

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Posted by Brent on April 19, 1999 at 09:53:37:

I'm ready to move up to a professional level tuba and I need a brief tutorial on the use of the 5th valve. Is it intended to 'compensate' for intonation variances, like a compensating horn? If so, what are the advantages/disadvantages of 5th valve vs compensating system? Is there a fingering chart available that details the use of the 5th valve?

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