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  1. davewerden's Avatar
    Harrelson makes a line of very high-quality trumpets. On their site there are three different pages that talk about why one might need an adjustable-gap receiver. Here is one:
    Updated 01-08-2021 at 11:02 AM by davewerden
  2. JoCologne's Avatar
    Some years ago I've played an old German Trombone, which did require a "middle-shank" mouthpiece, so-called "Bariton-Schaft" in Germany. It seemed to be a common size in earlier years. Great blog!
  3. bbocaner's Avatar
    Great list! There are some trombones which use that size. A few examples of the old british bass trombone in G, and some older German trombones from a time before shank sizes became standardized were pretty close to this size.
  4. Anson's Avatar
    Ordered! A little bummed it won't be signed by Dave though.
  5. Markmc611's Avatar
    Great job Dave. That's a talented Tuba player doing the page turns for the Piano player..
  6. davewerden's Avatar
    This arrangement is now available from Cimarron:

    Two Songs by Holst

    Note that the full arrangement also includes Song Without Words.
  7. bpwilliams's Avatar
    Well done!
  8. Anson's Avatar
    Please let us know when the arrangement is available Dave. If we buy a copy from you, will you autograph it for us?
  9. carbogast's Avatar
    Very nice! I like the sound you're getting with your new horn too, it really fit the character of the piece. I've about given up ever playing 2nd suite solos with a band, so will be waiting for your arrangement.
  10. RickF's Avatar
    Bravo! This has been one of my favorite solos for a long time. Now I can get this arrangement and play more of the piece (when it's available). Thanks for sharing.
  11. Anson's Avatar
    Well played!
  12. Anson's Avatar
    How did you overcome the smiling after having played for so long?
  13. Anson's Avatar
    man - I'd better go practice.
  14. DaveBj's Avatar
    It works at this site:

    The C.G. Conn factory in 1937 was 3/4 mile from what was then a vacant field, but which in 1946 would contain the post-war housing development that included the 4-room house (later expanded to 8 rooms) in which I grew up. When I was in high school and rode my bike to school, I passed the factory every day.
  15. DaveBj's Avatar
    "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"

  16. davewerden's Avatar

    There are a great many things that contribute to responsiveness. If I had to choose the most important factor in the Adams design, I would say it is the uniform thickness of the metal. Second in importance is probably quality of construction. My reason for choosing those two is simple: ALL the Adams horns I've tried have a free-blowing quality that one would call a family trait. Given the variety of materials and overall thicknesses, the common factors would still be that uniformity of thickness and construction quality.

    The adjustable-gap receiver is a smaller factor, but it does allow you to "touch up" the responsiveness to your own taste.

    For an existing horn, there are some expert technicians who can do some things. In some cases they may need to take some of the joints apart and refit them so the tubes are butted up to each other more closely (and straight!). Or they may need to align the valves.

  17. DaveBj's Avatar
    Unfortunately, this video has been removed
  18. MichaelSchott's Avatar
    Thank you David.

    You touched on this in your addendum but I'm curious as to the factors that make a particular horn responsive. As we've all seen, there are variations even within horns of the same model and brand. That's one of the reason's we try multiple examples of the same horn before making a purchase whenever possible. My 2900S is pretty responsive but I've played others that speak with less effort. Also, Do you think there are modifications we can make to a horn to increase responsiveness?

    Thank you, Mike.
  19. Snorlax's Avatar
    Congratulations on this well-deserved award! MAZEL TOV!! as we used to say in Brooklyn
    Thanks for sharing your artistry via the many videos of your performances--your interpretations are models of musical sophistication and technical skill.

    Thanks also for the forum that brings us together and helps us improve our playing!

    Jim Williams
  20. davewerden's Avatar
    There is some improvisation from the piano. Some of it may be "inside jokes" buy you'll get the idea.
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