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    Appropriate Mouthpieces

    Unless the receiver on your York was replaced at some point, it's a small shank.vbmodified
  2. Thread: Valve oil

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    Valve oil

    The first time I had Hetman applied to my valves was when Lee Stofer aligned them at TUSABTEC '09. Three days later, I momentarily non-plussed to discover waxy yellow rings in the ports of all four...
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    Schiller 3 valve vs 4 valve

    The pricing on Jim Laabs' website is all over the map: the nickel 300 is $100 less than the lacquer 300; the nickel 400 is $504 more than the lacquer 400; the nickel and lacquer 450s are identically...
  4. Thread: Valve oil

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    Valve oil

    Yamaha synthetic comes in three weights (light, regular, and vintage) that correspond in weight to Hetman's #s 1, 2 and 3. I prefer Yamaha because, although it does eventually leave a residue, the...
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    A tale of a future music ed major and TWO Bessons

    No, he doesn't: he explained why HE needed to clean the Sterling HE purchased several times and said that HE would be concerned with the need to clean a new horn carefully during the break-in period;...
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    Yamaha 842S or Besson Prestige?

    Several vendors will ship a horn with a trial period. Some offer free shipping if you keep the horn, but you are responsible for shipping both ways if you decide to return it.

    Tuba Exchange, which...
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    Yamaha 842S or Besson Prestige?

    There is no "right" answer: the horn that's better for ME might not be better for YOU. A good Besson will blow a bad Yamaha off the stage, just as a good Yamaha will blow a bad Besson off the stage....
  8. Thread: Christmas Wishes

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    Christmas Wishes

    Thanks, Charley; and to you and Sue as well!vbmodified
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    A tale of a future music ed major and TWO Bessons (Cleaning Your Horn)

    Cleaning procedures

    Really cleaning your horn

    New way to clean your horn

    Excellent cleaning brush/swab

    Chem cleanvbmodified
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    Info Bio of Ferdinand Sommer

    There's a brief paragraph and a sketch of Sommer, strictly as it relates to his role as the purported inventor of the euphonium, on p. 7 of Guide to the euphonium repertoire: the euphonium source...
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    A tale of a future music ed major and TWO Bessons

    Acquiring replacement parts for a pre-2007 German-made Prestiges (mfg'd by Keilwerth-Schreiber) may be problematic as well due to changes/improvements made by Buffett-Crampon. Several reputable brass...
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    Sovereign 967 & 968

    While pre-lottery Bessons, which would include '87-'88 vintage horns, are generally not held in the same esteem as the late '70s-early '80s Round Stamp Sovereigns (which are generally considered to...
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    Sovereign 967 & 9682

    Tonewheeler,

    It's very strange. Usually, the three digit prefix was the model number, so unless there's an engraving somewhere on the instrument (probably the bell) identifying it as a 967, I...
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    Protecting my Euph

    JV, Greg, you might want to look into the cost of having a jeweler (an actual jeweler as opposed to a jewelry retailer) or a precious metalsmith spot plate the affected area(s) of your horn.

    When...
  15. San Francisco-area euph embouchure/mechanics/horn/etc expert?

    Your best bet for locating an embouchure specialist is probably to ask for a recommendation/referral in the Reinhardt Forum on TrumpeHerald.com.vbmodified
  16. Thread: Cheap Euphs

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    Cheap Euphs

    Congratulations on your new horn!

    The valve resistance could be due to heavier springs or simply the newness of the instrument.

    Valves take a bit of time to "bed in," and sometimes lapping...
  17. Thread: USABTEC

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    USABTEC

    Not necessarily.

    Forget the posted rates, even the rates quoted on Priceline/Hotwire/Travelocity/Hotels.com, etc.. Book your room through Priceline's "Name Your Own Price."

    Both times I stayed...
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    Alliance David Childs mpc

    It's a typo. The image file name is smaple.jpg

    The pic is 2218x3327 pixels, so you'll probably want to download the pic and open it from your desktop.vbmodified
  19. Thread: USABTEC

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    USABTEC

    The Days Inn is right across the street from the pedestrian entrance, but it's (more than a little bit of) a dump (and tends to be overrun with HS/college tubists/euphers).

    I've stayed at the...
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    Kindle as Music Reader?

    I occasionally use my laptop as a music reader, but never for sight reading or learning new music.

    The biggest problem I've come across is multi-pate spreads: you can't read ahead on a two-page...
  21. Thread: USABTEC

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    USABTEC

    I'm planning to be there!

    The conference schedule and hotel info are herevbmodified
  22. Thread: SM5

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    SM5

    Doug,

    Do you know whether or not the various SM sizes are all the same depth?

    If memory serves, the Wick 3 is deeper than the Wick 4, and Steve Mead has apparently confirmed that the Ultra 3...
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    Protecting my Euph

    It's not all that uncommon to see the plating/lacquer wear off in that area. From my limited observation, I suspect most people generally grab their horn with their left hand in approximately the...
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    Researching Besson Euphonium model

    Correct he is!

    The B&H "Imperial Besson" used the Sovereign-style caps rather than the NS-style truncated cone caps.

    A three valve compensator from that era could be either an Imperial Besson...
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    Willson replacement parts?

    http://www.dwerden.com/talk/fo..._key=y&keyword1=surbervbmodified
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