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  1. All About Valve Maintenance

    Like Walter Matthau in "A New Leaf," we know that valves can be a problem (note: there may be a short commercial at the beginning of the video).



    In Walter's case the problem was with his Ferrari, which was constantly plagued with "carbon on the valves." In our case, as brass players, it is probably something else on the valves. In both cases, the valves don't like it!

    There are several possible reason for sluggish ...

    Updated 03-31-2019 at 12:03 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  2. Hearing the Difference: Baritone Horn, Euphonium, Double-Bell Euphonium

    Here are three videos I did specifically to help people understand the differences within the euphonium family.
    • The baritone demonstrated here is a Besson 955 3-valve compensating with a .515" bore.
    • The double-bell euphonium is a Holton, and it demonstrates two things. First you can hear the contrast between the bells, which in this case is about the most simple example of using the horn. But the second concept is the sound of the large bell. This is just the same as the typical American
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  3. Recording Options for Good Quality

    People often ask how I make the YouTube videos of my playing. I have two methods, and choose which one depending on conditions.

    The best results are with a quality stereo microphone, a digital recorder, and a digital camcorder. Here is equipment similar to what I use:

    Audio-Technical Stereo Microphone

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    Zoom Audio Recorder, 4 Channel

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    Canon Camcorder

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    Updated 11-01-2018 at 06:56 PM by davewerden

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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , General Tuba-Euphonium Blog , Instruments and Equipment
  4. Discussing the Adams Custom Euphonium

    Ever since I switched to Adams in 2012, I have answered many, many questions from other players regarding the choices among all the Adams options as well as customization. Finally it seemed like time to create a video where I can express these out loud instead of in print on my forum, other forums, or Facebook. The video doesn't cover everything, but I think it gives a good overview.

    Within the video description are links to my article about the Adams Adjustable Gap Receiver, the Adams ...

    Updated 02-22-2018 at 10:58 AM by davewerden

    Tags: adams, agr, video
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    Euphonium-Tuba Blog , Instruments and Equipment