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    Dave's right about this. The Allora BBb tubas...

    Dave's right about this.

    The Allora BBb tubas (105, I presume) are direct copies of the Miraphone 186 horns.
  2. Absolutely. This changes the situation from...

    Absolutely. This changes the situation from generic advice offered by a "music teacher" to specific advice from an experienced low brass professional to a particular student. To me it means that...
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    My thoughts about this, after I tried them in my...

    My thoughts about this, after I tried them in my euph, were that if you couldn't tell the difference by trying them and switching them around, then exactly what was the point of it all? They're in...
  4. As others have pretty much hinted/indicated at...

    As others have pretty much hinted/indicated at this point, I'd strongly suggest you get a 1.5G size mouthpiece (the Faxx one is fine and cheap) for the bass trombone and use that until you feel you...
  5. Wonder how your teacher feels about all those...

    Wonder how your teacher feels about all those guys doubling on euph and tuba (like, uh, Dave Werden). And all those pros who triple on bass trombone and tuba and euph, not to mention every...
  6. People use a wide range of mouthpieces for bass...

    People use a wide range of mouthpieces for bass trombone. A pretty common one is the Wick 2NAL. It's a bit small for a lot of concert band or orchestra stuff, but can be very good for dance band. ...
  7. There is a path of less resistance here, but it...

    There is a path of less resistance here, but it depends on what music you play. :) If you get into some semi-serious small group, quintet, or duet/trio/quartet work, you'll be wishing for the days...
  8. Mobile instrument repair: Big Note Music

    I had never heard of this company. Today I had to go to our "official" (i.e., not closest) US Post Office to send something to my grandson. This is in a one-mule town (Moncure, NC) about 11 miles...
  9. I continue to be puzzled by repeated complaints...

    I continue to be puzzled by repeated complaints (regarding various instruments) concerning "valve noise". First, this should not be terribly difficult to diagnose. And then, second, it should not...
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    Are you really saying this as someone who's...

    Are you really saying this as someone who's actively in the publishing business? I ask because I'm skeptical that contemporary commercial publishers would care at all -- not that it's relevant to...
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    My own view of this is that these are examples in...

    My own view of this is that these are examples in music notation where "theory" has been allowed triumph over "practice" (and "usability"). There are, from the point of musical theory, some reasons...
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    What I said about NH wasn't intended as an attack...

    What I said about NH wasn't intended as an attack on the organization or the people in it. One band I participated in for about six months was run (indirectly out of Duke University) by a very...
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    I'm pretty sure that in general one's physical...

    I'm pretty sure that in general one's physical abilities degenerate at a faster rate than one's mental abilities. This certainly applies to the level of physical performance required in any sport or...
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    Don't feel bad. If they're still using the...

    Don't feel bad. If they're still using the standard for Jin Bao euph case strap set-up, you're only one in a long line of those it's driven crazy. When I got my Mack Brass euph, I tried to put the...
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    In such a case, it's not that simple a decision...

    In such a case, it's not that simple a decision -- even if you decide on conditions and criteria for ceasing to play. I give you two examples.

    In the early-90s I played (tuba) with a local and...
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    Albuquerque is a good place for it. In the...

    Albuquerque is a good place for it. In the northeast in winter ... not so much.
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    Again, note my warning here...

    Again, note my warning here about the necessary rigidity of the shower arm. :)
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    A great tangent by Dave. Yes, as I said to...

    A great tangent by Dave.



    Yes, as I said to each of the interns (all hand-picked undergraduates) I took into my research group: "There aren't any B's or C's or Incompletes here. Bring your A...
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    This is a big consideration for ANY kind of...

    This is a big consideration for ANY kind of significant career change, but especially those requiring some kind of additional formal education to pull off. And the longer you wait, the more...
  20. The description of this sounds like worn or loose...

    The description of this sounds like worn or loose valve guides to me. There shouldn't be any significant amount of left/right (or radial, is probably a better term) play of the valve guide in its...
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    Having dealt fairly extensively with the USPS in...

    Having dealt fairly extensively with the USPS in creating online shipping labels, attempting to estimate the amount of postage necessary for a 1st class item, having lengthy discussions with staff in...
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    In the context, it makes you wonder if somewhere...

    In the context, it makes you wonder if somewhere in China there isn't a building full of medium shank receivers that somebody got a really good deal on. :):):)
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    Yeah, this is what I meant by 'in one sense or...

    Yeah, this is what I meant by 'in one sense or another of "made" '. :) But looking at this particular description of it makes for some head-scratching since parts are going back and forth to China...
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    I can't shake the feeling that THAT market for...

    I can't shake the feeling that THAT market for the eclectic/nostalgic/technophilic hobbyist/collector is definitely NOT the market that Shires is aiming at with this new instrument. :)
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    Which suggests either a very limited market for...

    Which suggests either a very limited market for the "high end" euphonium or else some sub-population of amateurs with money to burn. I do know some people like that in the tuba-euph world, but...
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