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  1. Stellar instrument and a good initial price that...

    Stellar instrument and a good initial price that could undoubtedly be negotiated lower. I'd consider it if I was in the market for a Besson.
  2. Sticky: That is a lovely horn. $6,000 seems quite a bit...

    That is a lovely horn. $6,000 seems quite a bit on the high side though, and is likely intended to make Buy It Now offers higher.
  3. Sticky: It is a BR140, and I believe it's one of Wessex's...

    It is a BR140, and I believe it's one of Wessex's earliest attempts at emulating a British baritone. It's a backup instrument that I lend out to other brass banders in my neck of the woods who need...
  4. Sticky: I bought a Wessex baritone in 2014 and it was a...

    I bought a Wessex baritone in 2014 and it was a pretty bad instrument (bad response, stuffy tone, sketchy intonation). I'm not sure if Jonathan has done much to improve it since.
  5. If both parties have enough trust in one another,...

    If both parties have enough trust in one another, you can use Paypal to send payment and avoid any fees. I've done this a few times with other posters on this forum.
  6. I hear similar comments from band and audience...

    I hear similar comments from band and audience members when I solo on my Sterling. It has a very warm and rich tone that I could never get from my Besson Sovereign 967.
  7. Treble clef is the same as tenor clef if you add...

    Treble clef is the same as tenor clef if you add two flats.
  8. Sticky: The Besson baritones I've played are mostly from...

    The Besson baritones I've played are mostly from the mid-90s, and they've been hit or miss in terms of quality. I've heard nothing but rave reviews about the German Bessons, and the price listed is...
  9. Indeed - this was my biggest challenge when I...

    Indeed - this was my biggest challenge when I started brass banding a couple of years ago. I had learned how to read treble clef from a polka band I played in previously, but brass band music is...
  10. I have a friend in one of my bands who I...

    I have a friend in one of my bands who I recommend this instrument to, and he had the winning bid. He was borrowing a nearly identical horn from a friend and wanted one for himself, so this was a...
  11. I've been playing a Sterling Virtuoso for a few...

    I've been playing a Sterling Virtuoso for a few years after migrating from a early 2000s Besson Sovereign 967 (which suffered from the quality issues the Besson factory was having at the time) and a...
  12. I am pleased and honored that I was able to...

    I am pleased and honored that I was able to contribute to your outstanding article section in an indirect way Dave!
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    Steven Mead has a video about developing high and...

    Steven Mead has a video about developing high and low range. It's worth a look IMO.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKksrjLlNbs&t=11s
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    Thank you sir. I have no plans to attempt to...

    Thank you sir. I have no plans to attempt to deduct mileage from driving to rehearsals -- I was merely curious. I do my own taxes, and the risk of my messing this up likely outweighs the few extra...
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    I picked up one of the Simply Singing books at...

    I picked up one of the Simply Singing books at NABBA this year, and I frequently use it for warm-ups - especially when I'm tired of going through the same routines every day.
  16. I had just posted a link to a PDF version of that...

    I had just posted a link to a PDF version of that article in a baritone mouthpiece thread yesterday! Great minds think alike I suppose! :)
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    On a tangent....does anyone here deduct their...

    On a tangent....does anyone here deduct their mileage for concerts with non-profit bands, which covers about 99% of all bands in existence?
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    Baritones in a brass band serve a distinct...

    Baritones in a brass band serve a distinct purpose depending on which part you're playing. Your role in the brass band should be a factor behind which mouthpiece you select for your instrument.
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    With the federal standard deduction being doubled...

    With the federal standard deduction being doubled to $12K for individuals and $24K for unions, itemized deductions (of which I'm not sure instrument expense can be applied) are off the table for a...
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    I found out via New England Brass Band's Facebook...

    I found out via New England Brass Band's Facebook page shortly after NABBA concluded. There was also some chatter about it on NABBA's own Facebook page. The first section had a lot of issues with...
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    Awesome! I've been 1st baritone with the Capital...

    Awesome! I've been 1st baritone with the Capital City Brass Band for a couple of years, and I've been its president since the summer of 2018 (my term ends in summer of 2020). We did serious...
  22. The Demondrae is a MP I'd like to make work, but...

    The Demondrae is a MP I'd like to make work, but I have to balance work, family, and other "real life" stuff in addition to practice, so I can't give the MP time it needs for my embouchure to be...
  23. Parker had components at NABBA to allow you to...

    Parker had components at NABBA to allow you to construct your own MP, which consists of the rim, cup, and shank. Michael Parker was there, and he helped me construct a MP based on my MP history and...
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    Brandon - I IM'd you about the Marcus Bonna case....

    Brandon - I IM'd you about the Marcus Bonna case. Thanks!
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    Indeed - the New England Brass Band is a...

    Indeed - the New England Brass Band is a excellent organization that put on a wonderful performance at NABBA this year. I'd happily audition for an open position, but I live in Michigan which would...
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