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  1. That would be very cool, though possibly pretty...

    That would be very cool, though possibly pretty expensive. But here's one of the fundamental issues ...

    If you've got significant hand arthritis, then it seems to me that nothing with valves or...
  2. I don't see things that way, but I understand why...

    I don't see things that way, but I understand why you're saying it.

    One thing I struggled with was getting a decent sound on the trombone after years of playing tuba (and some euphonium). I...
  3. I would warn you about the bass trombone. A...

    I would warn you about the bass trombone.

    A single-valve relatively small bass trombone might be manageable for you. I think you would find a "real" bass trombone -- i.e., a double-valve that...
  4. Does not seem to me to be a remotely adequate...

    Does not seem to me to be a remotely adequate motivation for creating such an instrument. The potential market for it seems entirely fanciful.
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    I'm at the point where I wish I had a Bombino...

    I'm at the point where I wish I had a Bombino instead of my Champion. :( Not that the Champion hasn't been wonderful. :rolleyes:
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    I played my 1924 Buescher tuba for years with one...

    I played my 1924 Buescher tuba for years with one of the adapters to standard American shank that Matt Walters used to make. In fact, I think it was the last one of these he made. I still have it,...
  7. Like if you're sitting in the center of a...

    Like if you're sitting in the center of a community band and everyone is "tuning up" prior to practice. ;)
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    I would measure the gross outside dimensions of...

    I would measure the gross outside dimensions of it. My Amati, for example would fit into about a 32"x14" rectangle. Then look for a euphonium gig bag that provides that space. These horn's aren't...
  9. I found one site that listed the weight as 0.0...

    I found one site that listed the weight as 0.0 lbs. But I'm skeptical.
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    Let's all remain calm. Everyone knows that...

    Let's all remain calm. Everyone knows that "euphonium" is just a pretentious name for a tenor tuba, as "flugelhorn" is a pretentious name for "soprano tuba"; and denying this is not a healthy...
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    Yeah. Thanks, John -- I missed that. I agree...

    Yeah. Thanks, John -- I missed that.

    I agree in general with this. For the most part, I prefer non-comp horns. But I have to say that I haven't had a better horn in terms of intonation than the...
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    I don't get what you mean by this. You...

    I don't get what you mean by this.



    You mean "pressing a single valve"? Every horn does bring you into trouble with any valve combination, just as a matter of physics and the "valve swindle"....
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    Interesting. I wonder if that's because the...

    Interesting. I wonder if that's because the proportion of the cylindrical tubing to conical tubing in that horn is relatively high compared to most tubas. Acoustics (especially of conical tubes) is...
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    Just as a matter of curiosity, what is it pitched...

    Just as a matter of curiosity, what is it pitched to (that is, A= ???)?
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    But isn't the intonation of the horn with the Bb...

    But isn't the intonation of the horn with the Bb extension pretty dreadful? Using "extension" slides like this was fairly common in the late 19th and early 20th century for tubas in order to be able...
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    Mouthpiece madness -- old Eb tuba

    Having not played my instruments much over the past two years, about a month ago I decided to finally bite the bullet and replace the mouthpiece receiver on my 1924 Buescher 3-valve Eb tuba. Other...
  17. Ditto on Yamaha synthetic oils. They are my...

    Ditto on Yamaha synthetic oils. They are my general go-to valve oils, and I use the Light one on my Wessex Eb horn and Mack euphonium. Unlike the Resilience oils, the Yamaha oils are TOTALLY...
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    I've done the same thing, except ... In my high...

    I've done the same thing, except ... In my high school (Oneonta, NY) we were extremely lucky to have a super band director for about four years. This was Bob (Robert T.) LeBlanc, who had just got...
  19. I think very highly of Resilience Oils' "F-1 Kick...

    I think very highly of Resilience Oils' "F-1 Kick Gel" for any "movable" slides. Don't be put off by its "gel" designation. It's more like a heavy valve oil, and in fact I now use it as valve oil...
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    I've been in a similar position to yours: ...

    I've been in a similar position to yours: Started on the Eb tuba at the age of about 40, played it (Yamaha 321) for several years, switched to BBb (Cerveny 781), played that for more years, then...
  21. If you're having such annoying experience with...

    If you're having such annoying experience with this, why not just add a water key where necessary? I added Amado water keys to the 1st and 3rd tuning slides of my 1924 Eb tuba because I got tired of...
  22. Thread: Bye-bye buzz

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    Dave, I feel your pain. No ... wait ... that's...

    Dave, I feel your pain. No ... wait ... that's MY pain. Never mind.

    A couple of months after I got my Wessex Eb Champion tuba, it developed an annoying buzz -- but of course only on one pitch. ...
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    I don't have any comments on how my newer...

    I don't have any comments on how my newer (1960s-2000s) instruments -- like y'all seem to have -- are holding up. But my 1924 Buescher Eb tuba is doing just fine. I've finally decided to sleeve a...
  24. Sorry to come late to this thread. You need to...

    Sorry to come late to this thread.

    You need to determine what the horn is pitched to. Is it A=440 or is it higher pitch A>440 or lower pitch A<440? This will determine how usable the horn is and...
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    Yes, in my experience the TE euphs have always...

    Yes, in my experience the TE euphs have always been generic Jin Bao products. But I don't know if they may have changed that recently. They are more expensive than Mack Brass, but what you're...
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