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  1. I don't really *need* a new instrument, and Adams...

    I don't really *need* a new instrument, and Adams 'only' charges 750 for the reconstruction.
    The Willson I have is a great horn, but it (and I assume other horns like the Adams) are just a tad too...
  2. Worn round stamp Sovereign valves - what to do?

    My Round Stamp Sovereign has always felt a bit 'iffy' while playing, but I always wrote that off to me not being good enough (yet) to play it to its full potential. It did never 'pop' when partially...
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    Wicks were from the 70s primarily for trombones...

    Wicks were from the 70s primarily for trombones but worked surprisingly well on euphs too. Triggers existed before Besson put them on the Prestige (Steven Mead had one put on his round stamp...
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    Has it really though? Steven Mead played on a 3AL...

    Has it really though? Steven Mead played on a 3AL and SM3 in the 80s and 90s which are still the 'large standard' option next to the 4 size which is the 'normal' standard.

    I think that the main...
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    Seeing that the Round Stamp is still the...

    Seeing that the Round Stamp is still the euphonium that a lot of modern horns are modeled after (the Geneva euphs, for example), I wholeheartedly disagree with this statement. The biggest general...
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    If there's one thing that should be avoided imo,...

    If there's one thing that should be avoided imo, it's to make the instrument even *bigger* in general. Maybe we should actually go back again and make the bore size slightly smaller (back to the...
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    I mean, to this day even Steven Mead doesn't know...

    I mean, to this day even Steven Mead doesn't know what it stands for, so...
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    Iirc the Yamaha Neo is relatively cheap compared...

    Iirc the Yamaha Neo is relatively cheap compared to other pro horns, like 1K or more cheaper than a new Besson Sovereign, so that is also an option.

    Generally though, you can't go wrong with a...
  9. My Globe Stamp Sovereign weighs just about...

    My Globe Stamp Sovereign weighs just about 4.6-4.7kg with mouthpiece attached. Without mouthpiece, a nice 4.5kg.
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    Correct. Back in the day, typical stencil horns...

    Correct. Back in the day, typical stencil horns would come from Czechoslovakia, and in even earlier times (pre-WW2) from Belgium since most instrument development took place over there (Adolphe Sax...
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    Quite interesting that you kinda made an...

    Quite interesting that you kinda made an SM-series shape in the end for your medium weight version! I guess Denis Wick and Steven Mead were onto something one way or another back in the 90s with that...
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    I did notice dulling of the sound when using the...

    I did notice dulling of the sound when using the Heavy 4th valve Bottom Cap on my Sovereign. Did make centring a lot easier, but don't wanna compromise on sound. So when I can resume playing after...
  13. If you say 'compare', is that by eye or actually...

    If you say 'compare', is that by eye or actually measuring it? Because from what I remember from the data charts from the manufacturers, the Yamaha 51D should have a backbore of 7.1mm compared to the...
  14. Honestly, this explanation (especially point 2)...

    Honestly, this explanation (especially point 2) only solodifies that I need a bit more weight on my Globe Stamp Sovereign to help with pitch centring... now only to obtain a set of British heavy...
  15. Thread: Wick 4AL vs SM4

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    The SM4 has a rounder rim and a more...

    The SM4 has a rounder rim and a more funnel-shaped cup. For me the SM4 gives me a darker, rounder sound whereas the 4AL gives me a more open sound.
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    I can use 13 to play both high Eb and F in tune...

    I can use 13 to play both high Eb and F in tune on my round stamp Sovereign (mostly use 12 for high F though), so I can back up Dave that he did not make a typo :D
    Also, that globe stamp must be a...
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    Yeah when I tested some Genevas way back in......

    Yeah when I tested some Genevas way back in... 2016? At a Glenn Van Looy workshop, they alsp mentioned that they based them off of the old RS Sovereigns. Didn't have my own RS Sovereign with me to...
  18. Thread: Why so cheap??

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    I think it's mostly this. Thomann generally has...

    I think it's mostly this. Thomann generally has good prices (because they're also more of a bulk-volume store so I would assume they can get more bulk discounts?) and also the currency fluctuations....
  19. personally I think the large-shank Willson models...

    personally I think the large-shank Willson models (2950TA(-UK) and 2960TA(-UK)) are a tad overlooked. They have an incredibly dark, round (but not tubby) sound that you can still make sing...
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    Judging from some of the pictures online, the...

    Judging from some of the pictures online, the International has black finger button inlays and the normal Prestige-way floating leadpip (with the brace midway through), which is an interesting...
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    from what I saw, the newest Internationals are...

    from what I saw, the newest Internationals are actually compensating.

    Just checked and wow, they actually made a page on their website for it now! ...after like 4 years....
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    So, if I take this correctly, they were initially...

    So, if I take this correctly, they were initially planning to keep the two brands seperated still?
    Thus the B&H name would go from Imperial to Sovereign, and the Besson name would go from New...
  23. I assume the bore size changed to .591" when...

    I assume the bore size changed to .591" when production started in Germany since it corresponds to a nicely rounded 15.0mm in metric units.

    Regarding the bell, when I flick my Round Stamp bell it...
  24. Wind band: Lake of the Moon by Kevin Houben....

    Wind band: Lake of the Moon by Kevin Houben.
    iirc, features one passage with a straight mute and 2 or 3 with cup mute.
  25. Thread: Brand Preference

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    Mostly ergonomics and sound flexibility. One...

    Mostly ergonomics and sound flexibility. One reason that I passed on even considering Genevas around 2015-2016 is that the ergonomics did not fit me at all. I also want to be able to change my sound...
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