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    There are many options based on your budget and...

    There are many options based on your budget and your concept of sound. In the professional category, Yamaha offers the Neo and Custom models. Willson, Besson, Sterling, Adams, Shires are top brands....
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    Hi Mike. The original setup I purchased was...

    Hi Mike.

    The original setup I purchased was too bright. Doug then sent me the 102 rim with both I and J cups, both with short receivers. The I cup seems to be the best compromise. Nice sound and...
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    Fantastic deal! Congratulations!

    Fantastic deal! Congratulations!
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    I recently bought a mouthpiece from Doug. Mineís...

    I recently bought a mouthpiece from Doug. Mineís based on a 102 cup that he recommended based on my requirements via email. We also spoke on the phone. Heís a great guy, very friendly and...
  5. The 51D is a great mouthpiece for high school...

    The 51D is a great mouthpiece for high school players. If they have a lot of talent they want to consider a mouthpiece with a larger bore. For example the Denis Wick 4 or 4AL. The BB1 mouthpiece...
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    Good point. Maybe Shires has targeted the 2900...

    Good point. Maybe Shires has targeted the 2900 which has had a long history in the service bands and with students of Dr. Bowman. Itís iconic in the concert band world. But as we know it has...
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    It looks like Norwegian euphonium soloist Bente...

    It looks like Norwegian euphonium soloist Bente Illivold has switched to the new Shires euphonium. She posted about it on the Facebook page today. There are no details as to which model but she had...
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    Thanks To both of you. Doug is sending me the...

    Thanks To both of you. Doug is sending me the shorter shank.
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    Thanks Mike! Thereís so much to consider! The...

    Thanks Mike! Thereís so much to consider! The combination on the way is Dougís recommendation based on my requirements but Iím flexible. We chose the H cup as itís slightly shallower than the 51D....
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    Update: I have two mouthpieces on order for...

    Update: I have two mouthpieces on order for evaluation. Doug Elliott has recommended his 102 rim and H cup with euro shank. Also, I was able to meet Demondrae Thurmond last night and he recommended...
  11. Iím sure there are very subtle differences in...

    Iím sure there are very subtle differences in finishes but Iíd bet that production differences between identically specified horns make that difference hard to evaluate.
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    I think there is some confusion. I am not looking...

    I think there is some confusion. I am not looking at a Virtuoso. I own a Willson 2900. I have not been clear.

    In an earlier post you said the Packer 374 feels like a mid range horn compared to...
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    Thank you. Can you clarify as to the factors that...

    Thank you. Can you clarify as to the factors that make it feel like a mid range euphonium as opposed to a professional model like the Virtuoso?
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    Can you describe the factors that make it feel as...

    Can you describe the factors that make it feel as you say? Iíve not played a Packer or any of the Chinese made horns.
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    I should have checked the website before asking...

    I should have checked the website before asking as the answer is there. Returns are okay within 30 days. There is a $10.00 fee for mouthpieces that pays to refurbish them to new condition.
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    Thanks Rick. Sounds very interesting. Do you know...

    Thanks Rick. Sounds very interesting. Do you know if they have a return policy if the mouthpiece is not to the buyerís liking?
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    Looking for mouthpiece recommendation

    My horn is the Willson 2900 and all of my playing is in a brass band. For the last 5-6 years Iíve been using the Wick SM4MX with mostly good results. Last night I broke out my old Schilke 51D for the...
  18. I can think of 2 reasons. First is cost. Second...

    I can think of 2 reasons. First is cost. Second is the Prestige gives a big dark sound. Many prefer the old lighter classic Besson sound. I played a mid 70ís Boosey Sovereign in college which had...
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    Does the airtight issue with the valves affect...

    Does the airtight issue with the valves affect how it plays? If not, is it really an issue?
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    If you can look at the link to Daveís review, it...

    If you can look at the link to Daveís review, it says they are made in Shireís own factory in China. Iím sure the inexpensive labor contributes to the relatively low price.
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    Do you mean by German Baritone the rotary valve...

    Do you mean by German Baritone the rotary valve horn with bell off to the side? If so I donít equate the sound of any euphonium to that sound. The Imperial sound is like a smaller Prestige. A bit...
  22. As far as I can tell, an E3 without a special...

    As far as I can tell, an E3 without a special bell is very reasonably priced at the professional level. Even with the SS bell itís comparable to a Prestige or Willson.
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    You have a great opportunity. Having two of the...

    You have a great opportunity. Having two of the fundamentally exact horns, other than the valves, do you see any differences in how they play? Tone quality, intonation or otherwise?
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    LOL!

    LOL!
  25. Jim, do you have a preference for one or the...

    Jim, do you have a preference for one or the other bell material?
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