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  1. Besson are the Jaguar Land Rover of the euphonium...

    Besson are the Jaguar Land Rover of the euphonium world. If you get a good one it excels all others, otherwise youíll end up with something thatís charming and luxurious but youíll never quite know...
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    Unpopular? The word you're looking for is...

    Unpopular? The word you're looking for is "wrong". :)

    24mm is small even for a baritone horn let alone a euphonium. There is a sweet spot that allows projection with a full sound that doesn't...
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    Surely in the case is the best place for it? ...

    Surely in the case is the best place for it? Unless it's being played my euphonium is in its case. No reason for anything other than that, unless unzipping a bag or undoing a couple of latches is...
  4. Bending half the notes? Must be a real dog horn...

    Bending half the notes? Must be a real dog horn if that many notes need adjusting. The biggest issue Iíve found with most euphs is notes that are flat not the sharp ones. Thatís probably just me...
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    It was a vogue in brass band circles a while back...

    It was a vogue in brass band circles a while back but generally the bigger the mouthpiece the worse the sound in my opinion. The 4AL 26mm mouthpiece has worked for a very long time and seems to...
  6. I find the obsession with floating leadpipe a bit...

    I find the obsession with floating leadpipe a bit odd to be honest. Of my thirteen euphoniums Iíve owned, four have had the floating leadpipe, and all the ones I prefer havenít had.

    I am...
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    Martin Ellerby is a bit of a curate's egg of a...

    Martin Ellerby is a bit of a curate's egg of a composer, capable of brilliance (Tristan Encounters) but too often writing utter dross. I did buy Tormod Flaten's CD with the Ellerby Concerto on and...
  8. Thread: Steven Mead

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    A fascinating read. I might have to book a...

    A fascinating read. I might have to book a couple of sessions with the indefatigable Mr Mead, if there's ever any danger of actual playing happening again!
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    Fascinating! I briefly had an Alliance 4 which...

    Fascinating! I briefly had an Alliance 4 which was too small, but even so, had something tangibly better about it. Iíve been thinking about trying one for a while. I think I will investigate.
  10. I prefer the red sound, and the intonation seems...

    I prefer the red sound, and the intonation seems more predictable. The blue projects a little better I think, but is brighter sound, which to my brass band ears is not as desirable as breadth of...
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    I didnít hear anything unusual there. ...

    I didnít hear anything unusual there. Horrendously out of tune, stilted, and vulgar is every piccolo, surely?
  12. Why wouldn't you like the British sound?

    Why wouldn't you like the British sound?
  13. Iíve owned a 1968 Besson New Standard, and two...

    Iíve owned a 1968 Besson New Standard, and two B&H round stamps, including the one made for Lyndon Baglin.

    Itís not surprising given the regard that both these euphoniums are held in that in my...
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    I’m currently writing something....

    I’m currently writing something....
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    The R3S is the one Iíve been looking at. The...

    The R3S is the one Iíve been looking at. The current vogue seems to be for very flat rim, I guess for endurance purposes, but I prefer a very rounded rim and up until I heard about these, the Bach...
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    I bought one of the first made German Besson...

    I bought one of the first made German Besson Prestige euphoniums that came to the uk. Within a matter of a few rehearsals there was a gentle altercation with my second euphonium players instrument...
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    Itís a pity there isnít the choice of either...

    Itís a pity there isnít the choice of either soldered or unsoldered.

    Personally I never liked a floating leadpipe, but that might have been instrument rather than the leadpipe itself.

    One...
  18. O/T In lieu of a drunken mess of a stag night,...

    O/T

    In lieu of a drunken mess of a stag night, my best man organised a lesson with Mr Baglin, in 2018.

    Iíll summarise.

    Play a bottom C at a comfortable mf.
    .....
    Put more air through. ...
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    This is fascinating, so thanks for contributing. ...

    This is fascinating, so thanks for contributing.

    This year has been revelatory to me because several things have become apparent as I get older - I’m 44 so in British brass band euphonium terms...
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    The problem is thatís completely meaningless to...

    The problem is thatís completely meaningless to us treblers. Everyone knows what pedal C, or itís BC Bb equivalent is. Therefore itís easy to extrapolate.
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    Better a trombone sound than a baritone noise.

    Better a trombone sound than a baritone noise.
  22. My copy (signed too) arrived today and having...

    My copy (signed too) arrived today and having listened through a couple, once seriously and once cursorily, I find it remarkable. Effortless playing that one doesn’t hear very often. This is...
  23. Thread: Valve oil

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    Thereís a lot of love for the blue poison here. ...

    Thereís a lot of love for the blue poison here. I still maintain itís oil for people who donít like cleaning their instruments. (I used to do a great deal of instrument cleaning and servicing,...
  24. Thread: SM3 vs DC2

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    Which is curious because I feel that David Childs...

    Which is curious because I feel that David Childs has a smoother, warmer, and more fluid sound than Steven Mead, certainly currently. I've only tried a DC4 which was too small but felt the sound was...
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    Treble clef brits are even more fun. Double...

    Treble clef brits are even more fun.

    Double pedals are the ones where there is a bottom note above - Double pedal D / E
    Pedal E to F below
    Bottom E to F below (bottom C being the note described...
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