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  1. Since 1980 I have owned three Bessons (a round...

    Since 1980 I have owned three Bessons (a round stamp 967, a German 2051 Prestige, and a late English 967), one Sterling (a 2009 Virtuoso), an Adams E3 with prototype short action valves, and have had...
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    To all my friends here. It is entirely possible...

    To all my friends here. It is entirely possible that a VERY nice Sterling Virtuoso, hand picked at the factory with the help of Trevor Groom, might become available sometime in the next few...
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    DC broadcast tonight in St. David's Hall,...

    DC broadcast tonight in St. David's Hall, Cardiff, as part of the Welsh Proms.
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    I will +1 this as well when I had my 2051. I use...

    I will +1 this as well when I had my 2051. I use the medium Mead Springs on my Sterling Virtuoso as well.
  5. It is definitely Bauerfeind.

    It is definitely Bauerfeind.
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    Brass Banding as we get older

    John Morgan,

    I completely understand the conundrum you are facing. I began to stare down the "when is brass banding too much for me" issues one year prior to the pandemic. All of the issues you...
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    One of my favorites is Eric Ball's "Resurgam"....

    One of my favorites is Eric Ball's "Resurgam". What a wonderful piece for the whole band as well as euphonium. I have performed Vintner's "Spectrum" (Not one of my favs) in competition (but I was on...
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    Dana, It was totally my pleasure to meet you....

    Dana,

    It was totally my pleasure to meet you. The Sterling baritone was transformative for me in my tenure with the NEBB. I had previously been playing a York 3056 (same as a Besson 956). The York...
  9. FS: Sterling Virtuoso Baritone - w/gold trim

    Hello all,

    I am no longer playing the English baritone in a brass band and so am selling my 3 valve Sterling baritone. This is a Sterling Virtuoso with a heavy bell, perfect for euphonium players...
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    Depending on the chord, the Ab may want to be...

    Depending on the chord, the Ab may want to be shaded lower in pitch while the G# may be a leading tone into the next phrase and shaded just a bit sharper?
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    Nice piece. Try 3rd valve for the lower D and 1-2...

    Nice piece. Try 3rd valve for the lower D and 1-2 for the upper. Changing valves might make the slur easier. 3rd valve might help with intonation on the lower D.

    I like the counter melody with...
  12. Brian, If you feel a need to sell your DC4,...

    Brian,

    If you feel a need to sell your DC4, send me a PM...Doug
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    This certainly is the best place (worldwide) to...

    This certainly is the best place (worldwide) to come and discuss euphonium. I belong to several other forums that specialize in watches (collecting, watchmaking, vintage and modern), cars (hot rods,...
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    Bach does not make medium shank mouthpieces. You...

    Bach does not make medium shank mouthpieces. You would indeed have to use a small shan k with a small to medium (euro) shank adapter.
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    Medium shank is the correct size. I indicated in...

    Medium shank is the correct size. I indicated in my response that I had to use an adapter (supplied originally with the horn) to use the 6 1/2AL and other small shank mouthpieces. Therefore, the 4AM...
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    Of course this is based on my experience, but I...

    Of course this is based on my experience, but I first played "your horn" in spring of 1969 as a senior in high school and then again from Fall of 1971 to Spring of 1974 at UC Berkeley. Both of these...
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    John, Happy Birthday. I hope you have many more...

    John, Happy Birthday. I hope you have many more miles on your MC and notes on your collection of beautiful horns!
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    The 4AM is the correct mouthpiece for the medium...

    The 4AM is the correct mouthpiece for the medium shank Besson 181 (New Standard/Imperial). The Besson 10 mouthpiece is really a miserable excuse for a mouthpiece shaped object. Back in the day, I...
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    The 3 valve compensating Besson/Boosey&Hawkes...

    The 3 valve compensating Besson/Boosey&Hawkes euphonium was often used as an intermediate instrument purchased by high schools here in the US during the late 1950s and 1960s as an alternative to the...
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    John, That horn is absolutely stunning. I am...

    John,

    That horn is absolutely stunning. I am so pleased for you that you got this work done. I am hoping to get to Europe this summer for the IBBSS and then make a trip to drop off my Adams with...
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    Steve Vaughn, The trigger assembly looks a LOT...

    Steve Vaughn,

    The trigger assembly looks a LOT like the older mechanism on my Sterling Virtuoso. Similar screw based tuning (which incidentally makes pulling the tuning slide out problematic).
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    To all, I am NOT a fan of most 4 valve...

    To all,

    I am NOT a fan of most 4 valve baritones. In the brass band context, you just won't use the 4th valve for range and using it for intonation or alternate fingerings is of marginal value...
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    Ditto

    Ditto
  24. Poll: Hi all, I started instrumental music midway...

    Hi all,

    I started instrumental music midway through the 4th grade in January 1960 on baritone horn at age 9. I think I was playing a 3 valve Bundy bell front at the time. I also played Reynolds...
  25. My early 2007 German built 2051 also had that...

    My early 2007 German built 2051 also had that gap. The change to the newer wrap didn't occur until 2011 or so (I think).

    Doug
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