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    The length of the shank of a mouthpiece can vary...

    The length of the shank of a mouthpiece can vary within a given taper size. Also, some mouthpieces have had the end shortened for various reasons (damage, "gap" adjustment etc.) This matters when...
  2. I hope you like it as well as I like mine.

    I hope you like it as well as I like mine.
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    I tend to agree that the sound crew was overdoing...

    I tend to agree that the sound crew was overdoing it a bit.
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    I attended this concert. It was amazing.

    I attended this concert. It was amazing.
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    Lubricating the tools definitely helps. The...

    Lubricating the tools definitely helps. The burnishers, mandrels, rollers etc. must be kept highly polished; the lubricant helps protect them from surface rust. There is also an adhesive tape sold...
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    A few years ago, I helped a friend transport home...

    A few years ago, I helped a friend transport home a tuba that was shipped via bus. He had a very small car and we also took my SUV. The cardboard box was huge and too big even for my vehicle so we...
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    I have one of these as well as a fixed bell up 3...

    I have one of these as well as a fixed bell up 3 valve compensating from the same era. I can use one or the other since I have to swap finger buttons and valve caps having not yet found or made...
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    Check out Votaw Tool at www.votawtool.com They...

    Check out Votaw Tool at www.votawtool.com
    They make and sell tools for instrument repair but they also sell some common parts. Bonus is that they sell to the public.
    Most of the larger valve stems...
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    I am amused and confused by the instrument...

    I am amused and confused by the instrument cleaning fears instilled in young musicians. It seems to be done by school band directors. Maybe they have repair shops telling them a "pro" cleaning is the...
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    Weril H980 Several Years On

    I have a Weril H980 euphonium that I purchased new several years ago. I thought I would post some of my experiences owning and playing for those who might encounter these on the used market since...
  11. I have one of these dated to 1945. Mine is in...

    I have one of these dated to 1945. Mine is in good original condition and plays as well as any dbe I have ever owned or played (several...)
    While this may seem like a high price, considering what I...
  12. fyi: I have a somewhat older King DBE very...

    fyi: I have a somewhat older King DBE very similar to this. In terms of a case that actually fits, I was able to take a modern Yamaha bell-front case, peel back the blue fake fur lining, modify the...
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    This is a very good point. Sometimes, you can...

    This is a very good point. Sometimes, you can pull tuning slides on the valves and with the assistance of a nice bright small light, look in at the way the holes in the valves align with the tuning...
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    Thank you for the feedback. I really enjoy...

    Thank you for the feedback. I really enjoy playing the horn myself sometimes. It is bell up and with the front action valves, I am "leaning" the same direction as the tuba to my right. Whether or not...
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    The cosmetic damage to the finish post-repair is...

    The cosmetic damage to the finish post-repair is dependent upon the amount and type of damage. Pretty much any dent, wrinkle or crease can be removed. However, the "sharpness" of the bend, as noted...
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    Got a King 2268 for my daughter

    My daughter is in the 9th grade and has been playing euphonium since 5th grade. She briefly started on French horn but soon switched to "my" instrument. Through middle school (6-8th grade here) she...
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    I might add regarding leaks that it is always a...

    I might add regarding leaks that it is always a good idea to check the water keys for leaks. If the problem changes or goes away with pressure to a spit valve, that can be your culprit. If the...
  18. Thread: Holton Tuba

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    Holton Tuba

    I have a Holton tuba that I am hoping someone will know more about than I do. It is a Holton BBb, with 3 top action piston valves, lacquered brass finish. It was a school owned horn traded in to a...
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    I was not able to make it to Baltimore this year...

    I was not able to make it to Baltimore this year (the only one that fit in my schedule) due to an ice storm that morning. However, I usually play one of my double-bells, either my King 4v circa...
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    I am an engineer to pay the bills and a euphonium...

    I am an engineer to pay the bills and a euphonium player only for fun. We have several 3-D printers at work used to mock-up prototypes of parts to be made via other means or to make final parts that...
  21. Thread: Bush Gardens

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    This is an annual thing for a long time now. Way...

    This is an annual thing for a long time now. Way back 30+ years ago, I had friends in college (University of Virginia) who played at Busch Gardens for the summer and had a great time. They had a...
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    It was a blast. However, after a while, it got to...

    It was a blast. However, after a while, it got to be more like a job. Managing a section of 8 to 12 baritones, most of which were high school students meant less time to enjoy the music and the...
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    I hope it is ok to bump this thread with a...

    I hope it is ok to bump this thread with a long-winded story. My amateur musical "career?" has proceeded in fits and starts. But, it has been loads of fun. My time away from music was never 20 years...
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    Thank you RickF, I saw the Dan Oberloh website...

    Thank you RickF,

    I saw the Dan Oberloh website regarding fabricating the parts when I first started looking a couple of months ago. I probably will have to resort to making them from scratch due...
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    WTB: Besson valve caps and buttons

    I am looking for 2 valve caps for a Besson 3 valve compensating euphonium. s/n 455xxx. These are the valve caps that are sort of shaped like a crown. I also need a valve button for this horn...
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